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Wolli Creek is a Sydney inner-urban stream. Mostly cleared by the 1930s, 5 km of its valley were saved as a natural area by its location, its later reservation for a road, and by community action, which sent the road (M5) underground. Now being amalgamated into a 50 hectare Regional Park under National Parks and Wildlife Service management, it remains under threat. It has many diverse plant communities and a surprisingly large array of fauna, particularly birds and reptiles. Bird records exist back to the 1940s, with 100 species being sighted each year in recent times and previously unrecorded ones being added each year through monthly surveys by local volunteers. Also recorded are seventeen species of native reptile, five frog, four mammal, and ten fish species, plus a variety of feral species, although few systematic surveys have been made, mainly of a snapshot variety. Examples of each of these groups are shown or listed and the studies referenced. The gap with invertebrates is noted. The Wolli Creek Preservation Society is a local community group that has driven the protection and restoration of the habitats in the valley and the study of its interesting biodiversity.

DECC. 2007: Wolli Creek Site Profile: Report for the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority, Parramatta. Department of Environment and Climate Change, Hurstville.
Madden, B., and Muir, L. 1996 The Wolli Creek Valley - A History of Survival, Wolli Creek Preservation Society, Sydney.
Manidis Roberts. 1994 Proposed M5 East Motorway Proposal Fairford Road to General Holmes Drive Environmental Impact Statement, New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority, North Sydney.
Perkins, I. 2000 Wolli Creek Regional Park - 5 year Bushland Regeneration Operations Plan, report to NPWS June 2000, Ian Perkins Consultancy Service, Sydney.
Rankin, P. R. 1976. Mating of wild Red-Bellied Black snakes. Herpetofauna 8: 10-15.
Tranby 1986 Report on the Site Survey of Wolli Creek Valley, Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative College, Glebe.
WCPS 2006 Neil Rankin's Birds of Wolli Valley, Wolli Creek Preservation Society, Sydney.
WCPS 2007. Poster “Fauna of the Wolli Creek Valley” displayed at the RZS Forum on ‘The Natural History of Sydney’, 3 November 2007, Wolli Creek Preservation Society, Sydney. Prepared by Voren O'Brien and Gavin Gatenby.
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