View the Threatened Species List

(from Damon Oliver Office of Environment and Heritage)







Citizen surveillance - Where you help map feral animals and the damage they cause.


In the attached document (click here), Birds Australia reports on their analysis of six years of bird surveys by the Cowra Woodland Birds Group between 2002 and 2008, including at three sites in the Hovells Creek area. The analysis of the bird surveys was sponsored by the former Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, not only to make information on the local bird population and trends more readily available but also as a key measure of biodiversity trends. In summary, the analysis determined the following trends:


Threatened Bird Species

Superb Parrot – declined

Brown Treecreeper – declined

Diamond Firetail – declined

Grey-crowned Babbler – stable


Declining Species

Dusky Woodswallow – declined

Eastern Yellow Robin – declined

White-browed Woodswallow – declined

Crested Shrike-tit – declined

Restless Flycatcher – declined

White-browed Babbler – stable

Jacky Winter – stable

Rufous Whistler – stable

Buff-rumped Thornbill - increased



Cowra Bird Survey Report 2009


In 1997, the Hovells Creek Landcare Group commissioned the Lachlan Rural Consultancy to help develop a Catchment Plan for the Hovells Creek catchment.

In the attached report, LRC assessed the resources of the Hovells Creek catchment, the options for their use, and made recommendations on the most appropriate use and management of those resources. In particular, LRC addressed land degradation issues and made recommendations on management needs and priorities for their prevention and treatment.



Hovells Creek Catchment Plan 1997

Large old trees scattered across paddocks are an iconic image in our rural landscape and can provide significant and potentially irreplaceable benefits. Many landholders appreciate these magnificent trees for maintaining the productive capacity of our land through providing shade and shelter for stock, reducing the risk of salinity and improving soil properties. Fewer people are aware of their value in conserving biodiversity. Scattered paddock trees provide an important role for our wildlife including:

  • Hollows for many birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, insects and spiders. It takes at least 60 years for hollows to develop, therefore we need to conserve mature trees, including those which are dead, to ensure the survival of animals and plants that depend on them.
  • A stepping stone for the movement of wildlife through the landscape especially between areas of remnant vegetation.
  • Food Sources - Honeyeaters, sugar gliders and many other animals depend on nectar and pollen whilst leaf eating animals like koalas, possums and gliders need a range of trees to choose from.
  • Nesting sites: Paddock tree provide nesting sites for a variety of small to large bird species.

The following fact sheets and UTube video were produced by the Riverina Highlands Landcare network and the Fenner School at the Australian National University with support from Riverina Local Land Services and the NSW Environmental Trust.

  1. Restoring the Missing Link Project
  2. Steps to Successful Restoration