Information below on an all day seminar on the Pilliga forest/woodland which
interest some of you.
Located NE of the Warrumbungles, the Pilliga is a large bird-rich forest which
worth finding out about - and visiting.
The seminar will tell you all need to know.
REVEALING THE PILLIGA
9.00 am - 5.00 pm
SATURDAY, 20 APRIL 2002,
at the MAIDEN THEATRE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Mrs Macquaries Road SYDNEY
Where is the Pilliga?
What is it?
What grows and what lives there?
Why is it special?
What is its future?
Come to the Seminar!
Answers to be revealed by specialists and enthusiasts from the local area,
universities, State Forests, RACAC and museums - papers, posters and panel
Canopy, Native Forest Committee of the Total Environment Centre.
Phone TEC on 02 9299 5599.
Website: www.tec.nccnsw.org.au: for seminar brochure
The Pilliga Scrub is 500km north west of Sydney. It is north of Dubbo and
Coonabarabran and spreads east and west of the Newell Highway.
Eric Rolls called it "a million wild acres". Surrounded by farming land it is a
island of Australian Native Pines and black-trunked Ironbarks with a rich
understorey of wattles (50), peas, orchids and cycads. It is a place where
flannel flowers from the coast and rainforest remnants meet the emu-bushes
and leopard woods of the inland.
Cradling a 126,000 hectare wilderness, the Pilliga is the largest Native Pine-
Ironbark woodland left in Australia. Broombush Plains in the centre, 'sand
in the west and gilgai country in the north combined with sandy creek beds are
habitats for a very wide range of plants and animals - about 1,000 flowering
and well over 200 birds have been found so far.
Many of the plants are special to the Pilliga - the Pilliga Box, Baradine Gum,
Wattle and Pilliga Daisy are the best known. Recent discoveries show that Stick
Nest Rats, now extinct on mainland Australia once lived there. Despite a long
list of fauna now lost to the Pilliga, others such as the Pilliga Mouse, koalas
Black-striped Wallabies can still be seen.
Glossy Black Cockatoos still gather in large roosting flocks, and Spotted
and even Mallefowl can be seen - if you know where to look.
The 390,000 hectares of State Forests and 70,000 hectares of Nature Reserve in
the Pilliga have been overshadowed in the past by the Warrumbungle National
Park to the south. This seminar will help redress the imbalance.
9 Seymour Place
Kambah ACT 2902
(02) 6231 9882 (h)
(02) 6249 6491 (w)
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