Bush Tracks and Tales – November

Scaly Bark Creek Walk

The Scaly Bark Creek walk provides a chance to see some flora species, like the Swamp Mahogany gum, that are not seen in other areas of the Hills Shire. These eucalypt trees provide habitat and food for the arboreal (tree dwelling) Yellow Bellied Glider.

Yellow Bellied Glider

The yellow Bellied Glider is a small nocturnal creature who likes trees with loose, shedding bark so they can forage for a range of insect prey.  They also like to lick sap from the smooth barked eucalypts by making cuts in the bark with their teeth. The Yellow Bellied Glider is listed as a threatened (vulnerable) species in NSW.

A booklet with images of all the Threatened Species in the Hills Shire can be found at the Community Environment Centre in Annangrove.

Threatened Species

A species in NSW is considered threatened if there is a reduction in its population size, it has a restricted or limited geological distribution or there are only a few mature individuals remaining.

There are 52 threatened fauna species, including mammals like the Eastern Pygmy Possum and the Yellow Bellied Glider; birds like the Powerful Owl, Superb Parrot and the Scarlet Robin; as well as amphibians like the Giant Burrowing Frog and the Red Crowned Toadlet.

Gang Gang Cockatoo

There are 29 threatened flora species located across the shire. It is possible to locate and identify these species, especially in spring when most are in flower. There are two critically endangered flora populations in The Hills. Be careful not to disturb them.


A full list of threatened fauna and flora species in The Hills Shire can be found on The Hills Shire Council website.


  1. Susanna Mills says:

    How come the Scaly Bark LINK trail, officially signposted at the bottom of Porter’s Road firetrail, is landlocked by intimidating ‘private property’ signs? Are these signs even legal? They spoil the experience of our exquisite natural assets while preventing walking or mountain bicycling residents and visitors being able to easily access, link to, and appreciate Scaly Bark trail via the extensive O’Hara’s Creek firetrail.

  2. Bavi says:

    Dear Council Officers!
    I appreciate your efforts to take care of our flora and fauna in our area . I noticed recently that you guys are taking the old tree down and then plant a new one . I understand the trees are getting older in some streets and pose a hazard for nearby properties. But if the trees are simply taken down because the branches are falling off and are getting old, I think we have to plant a new sapling first , let it grow and then taken the old tree down . This will give the opportunity for the birds to adjust to the sudden loss of their habitat and give them something to come back to the same location, thus proving us to be a real Garden Shire Council .

    Thanks !!

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