Bird in tree in Oxley Creek Common

The Habitat

5 species of Glider

200+ species of bird

53 potentially threatened species

The Fauna

The bushland and reserves in the Oxley Creek corridor function as a major wildlife corridor linking the Brisbane River to the 40 kilometre Flinders (Greenbank) Karawatha corridor, an important environmental asset within the region. The catchment supports a diversity of native mammal species, and more than 200 bird species.


Five of the six known species of Glider in Australia are found in the Oxley Creek Catchment. The catchment is also home to other endangered species including the Powerful Owl, and the Wallum Froglet. The endangered spotted quoll has recently been recorded in Camira and sightings have occurred in Greenbank. Numerous vulnerable species including the yellow-bellied glider and the koala have also been seen in the Oxley Creek and Spring Mountain reserve areas.

The mix of open forest and grasslands in the catchment also provides shelter and food for a number of species of macropod, including the red-necked wallaby, whiptail wallaby and swamp wallaby.

One quarter of Australia’s native bird species have been spotted at Oxley Creek Common

The diverse range of vegetation and wetland systems in the Oxley Creek corridor provide habitat for more than 200 species of birds including the migratory Latham’s snipe as well as the Glossy Black Cockatoo, spotted within the Spring Mountain Reserve, which is listed as an endangered species in Australia and is considered vulnerable in Queensland.

 

25% of Brisbane's regional ecosystems

One remnant hectare of significant woodland

The Flora

Oxley Creek is a freshwater system for much of its length. Tidal influence from the Brisbane River begins around Learoyd Road at Willawong. The major vegetation types occurring in the Oxley Creek catchment include dry eucalypt forests, freshwater wetlands, tidal wetlands and riparian vegetation.


When the Europeans discovered the Oxley Creek corridor, they cleared vegetation, particularly bushland areas in the middle and lower catchment, for agriculture, extractive industries, such as sand mining,and urbanisation. However some small patches of riparian vegetation, including some dry rainforest patches, remain along the creeks.

The angle-stemmed myrtle (Gossia gonoclada), an endangered plant species, grows in riparian patches around Corinda.

Another area of original habitat remains at Acacia Ridge. One remnant hectare stands of the regional ecosystem, Eucalyptus melanophloia woodland, was part of 500+ hectares originally occurring across Brisbane. Much of this vegetation is now protected and listed on government databases as ‘of concern’ and ‘endangered’ regional ecosystems.

There are currently a number of active bushcare groups tending rehabilitation sites in the Oxley Creek catchment. Oxley Creek Transformation is working closely with Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA), a not-for-profit community-based organisation that aims to protect and enhance the natural environment and resources of the catchment of Oxley Creek. They work with the community and local businesses to organise planting, weeding and revegetation projects as well as advocating, educating and participating in catchment management.

 

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