SPLENDOUR IN THE FOREST

SPLENDOUR IN THE FOREST

Friends of Byron Bay’s Billinudgel Wildlife Corridor

The only remaining wildlife corridor from the sea to the rainforest mountains in far north-eastern New South Wales, between the cities of south east Queensland and the town of Byron Bay, exists at Yelgun. The forested corridor runs along Marshall’s Ridge and Jones Road, throughprivate properties such as North Byron Park lands and the Billinudgel and Wooyung nature reserves. The splendour of colourful flowers and birds, remarkable animals such as the koala, the majesty of magnificent trees, the recycling of energy, the musical calls of the birds, wind in the trees, roar of the ocean and the beginning of ancient Australian culture all exist here.

Bundjalung tradition teaches that the Dreaming began at the Wandarahn ceremonial site within the Billinudgel Nature Reserve at the eastern end of the Jones Road Marshall’s Ridge wildlife corridor. For forty thousand year or more the Dreaming Song Line was sung along this corridor from the most sacred of all Australian Aboriginal Bundjalung sites to the west and the rest of the continent. It was here that the very first pair of Wandarahn or bora rings were built, and they are the only pair to survive today, and in their natural environment. It was here that the very first Wandaral ceremony was undertaken. It was here that Yarbirri first made the law. It was from here that the law traveled north, south and west with Yarbirri and his brothers, Birrung and Mamoon.

Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, a splendid Australian bird.

09 /10/2010 rain, true splendour in the forest, this small, colourful pigeon is listed as vulnerable to extinction by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service because of clearing and fragmentation of its low to mid level rainforest. Lowland rainforest on floodplain is listed as an endangered ecological community in the NSW Government’s Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 with less than 1000ha in total remaining. This fruit-dove feeds on small rainforest fruit and its surprisingly loud and explosive call descends into a series of rapid staccato notes as it adds its voice to the biophony or orchestra of natural bush sounds.