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.
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.
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.
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.