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Native Bush on Campus

The University includes some bushland areas which pre-date campus development in the 1960s. The largest of these areas are:

  • the campus ecology reserve (3 hectares)
  • the western slope of Mars Creek valley above the campus lake (approximately 3.6 hectares)
  • (view aerial map 1.2MB PDF)

Mars Creek valley bush Parts of this large patch are an ecosystem known as the Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest (STIF), which has been listed under state and commonwealth environment laws as an endangered ecological community. The University has land manager responsibilities to protect and aid in the recovery of this ecosystem, in cooperation with local government and environmental agencies.

Loss of lower vegetation layersOther bush patches found on campus today have a more varied landuse history. This has led to the persistence or re-growth of local native canopy trees like Eucalypts, Angophoras and Turpentines, but a decline in the lower vegetation layers of shrubs and ground species, and hence a reduction of habitat value. Some vegetation along the valley of College Creek falls into this category.

Biodiversity planning for the campus will aim to ensure our high quality bush remnants are carefully managed to maintain their healthy state. Building on this approach will involve use of ecological regeneration methods to trigger the recovery of plant and animal diversity in currently degraded bush remnants, particularly around our watercourses.

Bushcare GroupBushcare

Macquarie University has its own Bushcare Group.
Click here to visit the Bushcare@MQ page.

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Advocating Biodiversity
Sustainably Managing Macquarie’s Biodiversity

Background Information
The Three Creeks
Native Bush on Campus


Want to get involved?

  • Become part of our Bushcare Group as we aim to re-establish the riparian zone along the creek and reduce mowing.
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