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The projects - some with R&D - are part of the management of the sanctuary towards the build-up of a model of habitat/remnants on private land linked by crown roads as wildlife corridors and to complete the inventory of endemic fauna and flora.The projects are also for future reference by landholders and community groups interested in developing similar programs. We have encountered some administrative difficulties related to the management of crown roads as wildlife corridors but we are taking the necessary action to rectify this problem with the Department of Lands, supported by the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson MP, while seeking also the support of the Federal Department of Environment and Heritage.

The Sanctuary, with its remnants and wildlife corridors, is a typical model of very endangered ecosystems which covers an area of about 560ha (1400a). The Natural Habitat of Dalton Park, the Pristine Block and Calendarah are the remnants while the crown roads linking the remnants are the wildlife corridors. The Oolong sanctuary model needs to be thoroughly investigated to gather evidences to be used to have habitat/remnants recognised as endangered and threatened.

It is becoming apparent that a cooperative major effort will be required in the future to link habitat/remnants with each other on a regional and state-wide basis. With the inventory still in progress eleven endangered bird species have been identified in four ecosystems within the model.
One of the wildlife corridors - linking the remnants - contains a good sample of the preliminary listed ecosystem and has been classified by Rainer Rehwinkel, Threatened Species Officer, NPWS, Southern Directorate as a "Critical Habitat" for several threatened bird species. Residents: Speckled Warbler, Diamond Firetail, Hooded Robin, Identified and officially recorded by Tony Saunders, specialist from Birds Australia. The seasonally: Superb Parrot and Regent Honeyheater are temporary absent.
The Preliminary Report by NPWS, Southern Directorate is attached at the end of Oolong History.
The birds mentioned above as well as any other threatened species are marked by (*) in the illustrated bird list under Fauna. Please scroll: BIRDS (Part one, two and three).
Four Main Forest Ecosystems are recorded at Oolong:
Tablelands Dry Shrub/Tussock Grass Forest
Northern Tablelands and Slopes Dry Shrub/Grass Forest
Northern Slopes Dry Grass Woodland
Tablelands and Slopes Dry Herb/Grass
The last two ecosystems are part of the White Box – Yellow Box Woodland which now has a preliminary listing as an endangered ecological community in the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995 (See Project no: 16, 22 and 31)
The disused crown road, is a proven Critical Habitat and meets the essential life cycle (eg: foraging, breeding, nesting, roosting, etc) of threatened bird species. A Recovery Plan is under proposal (See Project no 11).
The Oolong Sanctuary forms a regionally important habitat linkage for bats between other natural areas. Eight protected and two endangered species of bats are present. Most bats observed were hollow roosting bats. The vegetation corridor along Bush’s Lane and mature paddock trees adjacent to the road provide exceptional habitat for hollow roosting microbats, while the old abandoned mine adits and caves provide habitat for numerous hollow dependent and two cave dependent species of bats. Two of them, the Large Bent-wing Bat and the Yelllow-bellied sheathtail Bat are listed in the NSW Threatened Species Act (see Project no.21).

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