Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Hilltops/Weddin local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
25,400 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
3,200 ha (13%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
2,900 ha (90%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
430 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
3,760 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
220 ha (59%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
220 ha (100%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
2,070 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Grey Box Woodlands; Native Grasslands.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) grassy woodlands and derived native grasslands of South-eastern Australia (E).
Natural grasslands of the Murray Valley Plains (CE).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Back Creek.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
560 ha (2%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
25 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
72 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
26 ha (0.7%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
25 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
12 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Bland Creek, Burrangong Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
0 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
690 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
746 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Eurabba State Forest.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Duck-billed Platypus, Black Falcon, Bush Stone-curlew, Grey- crowned Babbler, Malleefowl, Southern Boobook, Squatter Pigeon, Tawny Frogmouth, Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard.

Plants: Slender Darling Pea.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Little Pied Bat (N), Yellow-bellied Sheathtail-bat (N), Black Falcon (N), Black-chinned Honeyeater (N), Brolga (N), Brown Treecreeper (N), Flame Robin (N), Hooded Robin (N), Grey-crowned Babbler (N), Glossy Ibis (M), Malleefowl (V), Plains Wanderer (CE), Painted Honeyeater (V), Squatter Pigeon (V), Superb Parrot (V), Common Death Adder (Q), Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon (N).

Plants: Slender Darling Pea (V), Spiny Peppercress (V), Austrostipa wakoolica (E).

Commonwealth Listing: V = Vulnerable; E = Endangered; CE = Critically Endangered; M = Migratory State listing; N = listed as threatened in NSW; Q = listed as threatened in Queensland;