Andrew Johnston Big Scrub Nature Reserve

The Andrew Johnston Big Scrub Nature Reserve is a protected nature reserve that is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The 21-hectare (52-acre) reserve is a sub tropical jungle remnant of the Big Scrub and is situated approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of Lismore. Far less than one percent of the original Big Scrub now remains.

Andrew Johnston Big Scrub Nature Reserve
New South Wales
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Andrew Johnston Big Scrub Nature Reserve
Nearest town or cityLismore
Coordinates28°41′50″S 153°25′24″E
EstablishedMarch 1993 (1993-03)[1]
Area0.21 km2 (0.1 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteAndrew Johnston Big Scrub Nature Reserve
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales

Features

The red-brown soil is derived from a basaltic flow from the nearby Mount Warning and later volcanic flows from the Nightcap Range.[2] Average annual rainfall at Lismore is 1,340 millimetres (53 in).[3]

This is the largest and most important of the remnants of the Big Scrub. The area previously known as "Big Scrub Flora Reserve" is larger. However, it is not considered part of the genuine Big Scrub further to the south.[2]

Over 170 species of trees, shrubs and vines have been recorded at this reserve.[4]

Significant rainforest tree species include white booyong, rosewood, long jack, red bean, koda, cudgerie, white cedar and black bean.

As is the case with most of the Big Scrub remnants, large Moreton Bay figs are prominent. The seldom seen marbled frogmouth is known to live in this reserve.

See also

References

  1. "Andrew Johnston Big Scrub Nature Reserve". Office of Environment and Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  2. Floyd, A. G. Australian Rainforests of New South Wales. 2. p. 19. ISBN 0-949324-32-9.
  3. "Lismore averages". Bureau of Meteorology.
  4. "Big Scrub Nature Reserves: Plan of management" (PDF). NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (PDF). Government of New South Wales. December 1997. ISBN 0-7310-0894-4.
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