This site is edited by Brian Patterson

This Landcare project has been assisted by 
  • NSW Government Environmental Trust
  • Local Land Services Greater Sydney
  • Central Coast Council

Two endangered forest ecosystems grow on our site. Much of one of them,

subtropical rainforest on the floodplain, has recovered from

 clearing before 1940, although remnants can be seen on the 1941 air photograph.  In the backswamps of the floodplain, sclerophyll forest of paperbarks and swamp mahogany also suffered by being drained and grazed by cattle. Clearing slowed during World War II, as farm workers joined the armed services. A weir and pumping station was built on the creek in 1977 to meet the increasing demand for town water. Also, the protective value of creek vegetation started to be more appreciated, reflected in our Landcare group being formed in 1998. By 2000, we had found this site, which had been left over from land acquired for freeway construction. Given licences to care for it, we helped the forest continue its regeneration from old-growth rainforest along the creek, and from isolated trees along field boundaries

. Wattles and other pioneer species helped protect seedlings in the open areas. State and federal grants helped us to 

extend the rainforest into the former farmland. In 2019, more than 350 species of native biota are recorded as living here, making it a hotspot of Central Coast biodiversity.

The Wyong paperbark, Melaleuca biconvexa is a myrtaceous tree of the backswamps, where it often grows with its feet in water. Its characteristic canopy stands out in air photographs. It burns readily and, in the past, fire probably aided its spread by getting rid of rainforest competition. If cut to the ground by fire it sprouts again from suckers that form on the roots.

The magenta lilly pilly, Syzigium paniculatum is another myrtaceous tree with fluffy flowers. It's common along Ourimbah Creek, although rare elsewhere. As one of the least inflammable of trees, it's suitable to plant near your house if you are in a bushfire-prone area. Possums like to sit in its crown to browse on the leaves. This exposes them to being swooped on by powerful owls, so this could be a case where an endangered tree helps to keep an endangered owl well nourished.