The biodiversity report identified a substantial number of biodiversity assets on the Albury-Wodonga campus; previously a significantly disturbed site. Specifically, the area to the north of the campus (the David Mitchell wetlands) was identified as 'functioning well again with good aquatic bird diversity and an apparently healthy aquatic vegetation community developing.'
This wetland provides a significant opportunity for a biodiversity/wildlife corridor running from west to east across the Albury-Wodonga Campus.
The biodiversity report for the Bathurst Campus noted that the site is highly disturbed, as the land operated an experimental farm as far back as 1895.
In spite of this, the report noted that Hawthornden Creek (which runs along the southern boundary of the campus) provides an excellent opportunity for the creation of a biodiversity/wildlife corridor, provided that some of the significant identified erosion issues can be fixed. In 2013, CSU partnered with Bathurst Regional Council to address these issues through significant stabilisation works.
The CSU campus in Canberra borders St Mark's Native Grassland. The site contains two hectares of Natural Temperate Grassland, which is declared an endangered ecological community under ACT and Commonwealth legislation. Two hectares have been assessed as having very high botanical value and one hectare as having moderate botanical value. The conservation grassland is dominated by Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) and a high diversity of native wildflowers, several of which are regionally uncommon, including orchids and a number of lilies. A population of the Button Wrinklewort (Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides), which is declared endangered under ACT and Commonwealth legislation (ACT Government 1998a), occurs within the grassland. Golden Sun Moth, Synemon plana, first sighted in 1997, although Themeda grasslands are not generally identified as typical habitat. This species is listed as endangered in ACT and critically endangered under Commonwealth legislation (ACT Government 2005).
The biodiversity report for the Dubbo Campus noted that the site was highly disturbed given its original life as a working farm, beginning in the 1820s.
While the campus is located on the fringes of an urbanised area, the report notes that there are significant areas of native grasslands and planted woodlots to the west of the campus. In addition, there is potential for a significant wildlife/biodiversity corridor in an ephemeral drainage line, which runs from the eastern side of the campus across to the planted woodlots and native grasslands on the western side of the campus.
The Orange Campus contains a significant landholding to the north/north-east of core campus facilities. The biodiversity report for the Orange Campus notes that there are substantial areas of remnant native vegetation (Yellow Box – Apple Box and Ribbon Gum – Apple Box). In addition, two creeks on the campus have the potential to form a significant wildlife/biodiversity corridor – particularly at the confluence of these two creeks, which form 'swampy' area.
A generous 3.2 hectares of land exists on Port Macquarie Campus for natural bush regeneration, including koala tree planting. This potential koala habitat forms part of the continuous stretch of vegetation, which extends from the campus to the CBD.
Biodiversity areas on the core campus, as well as on the farm holdings to the west contain significant remnant communities of Box Gum Woodland and Inland Grey Box. The CSU farm and Houlighan's Creek to the west, provide fantastic wildlife/biodiversity corridors on the campus.
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Every year, we coordinate revegetation works at each CSU campus for CSU Tree Planting Day events. Specialised revegetation works occur sporadically across campuses. The aims of revegetation works are to:
We undertake revegetation works with staff, students and external community groups like the Summer Hill Land/Creek Care group (Orange), Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare & Rotary (Wagga Wagga), and Environmental Lands Albury (Albury-Wodonga).
Fun Fact: In 2016, 1095 trees, shrubs and grasses were planted across CSU campuses.
We manage, maintain and monitor campus biodiversity areas. To improve how we do this, we're using photo points at specific campus locations to visually show changes in these biodiversity areas year-on-year.
You can read interpretive signage at a number of campus locations on different campus biodiversity features. These include:
Noxious weed removal is ongoing on each campus annually. Works are undertaken either by the Division of Facilities Management Staff or by contractors using external grants CSU has been successful in receiving.
In 2015, we funded a Grass Roots grant project to install a series of possum boxes on the Orange Campus. You can see them around campus, providing secure nesting areas for possums instead so they don't seek out ceiling spaces in our buildings!
In 2007, a pair of uncommon peregrine falcons was seen roosting in the water tower on Orange Campus. Due to the lack of suitable nesting areas in the region, staff placed a nest box in the tower. The birds gratefully moved in to roost and devour their meals.
View the falcons in action and consider supporting them into the future by visiting FalconCam Project website.