Barren Grounds Nature Reserve (1)

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Site name: Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Site number: 1
Ecoregion: Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
Participant and site owner: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Site location: Southern New South Wales
Latitude: -34.679
Longitude: 150.704
Site description: Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is found in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales on the south-easterly spur of the Illawarra Range. The site is almost completely encircled by rocky cliffs and protects one of only four large areas of heath on the NSW South Coast. Barren Grounds is considered a hanging swamp plateau due to the extensive areas of heath and swamp found at elevation, and the high rates of precipitation. Dominant vegetation includes Red Bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera), Silver-top Ash (Eucalyptus sieberi), Dwarf Apple (Angophora hispida), Scrub Sheoak (Allocasuarina distyla), Stiff-leaf Wattle (Acacia obtusifolia), Heath Banksia (Banksia ericifolia), Old Man Banksia (Banksia serrata), Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa), Broad-leafed Drumstick (Isopogon anemonifolius) and Native Fuchsia (Epacris longiflora).

Barren Grounds serves as important habitat for many plant and animal species, and is well known as an important bird area. Approximately 180 bird species can be found at Barren Grounds, including Honeyeaters, Southern Emu Wrens, Lyrebirds, Crimson Rosellas, and many threatened taxa such as the Eastern Ground Parrot and Eastern Bristlebird. The large numbers of audible species makes Barren Grounds Nature Reserve ideal for long-term ecoacoustic monitoring.

Samford Ecological Research Facility (64)

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Site name: Samford Ecological Research Facility (South-East Queensland Peri-Urban Samford)
Site number: 64
Point numbers: 253 (SERF Dry A), 254 (SERF Wet A), 255 (SERF Dry B), 256 (SERF Wet B)
Ecoregion: Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
Participant and site owner: Queensland University of Technology, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
Site location: South-East Queensland
Latitude: -27.388
Longitude: 152.878
Site description: The Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF) is a 51 hectare property located in subtropical Queensland, hosting the South-East Queensland Peri-Urban TERN SuperSite. SERF is situated in a broadly fragmented landscape, shaped by historical cattle grazing, logging and agriculture, and recent residential development. The site protects threatened and endangered ecosystems within a mosaic of remnant native vegetation and cleared pasture.

The site’s two dry acoustic sensors are located in open eucalypt woodland growing on soils derived from weathered granite. These forests are dominated by Pink Bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia), Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus siderophloia), Swamp Box (Lophostemon suaveolens), and Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis).

SERF’s two wet acoustic sensors are located in notophyll vine forest on alluvial plains. This vegetation community has been heavily cleared over the past 150 years, with SERF protecting one of the few remaining intact examples growing along the banks of Samford Creek. Dominant vine forest species include Native Elm (Aphananthe philippinensis),White Kamala(Mallotus discolor), White Cedar (Melia azedarach), Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii), and Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta).

Both vegetation communities are home to a wide range of vertebrate and invertebrate species, many of which are audible and readily detected by acoustic sensors.