Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary, at the corner of the market
grounds in Byron Bay (see map below), is managed by the Byron Environment Centre on behalf of the Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary Trust. The sanctuary is a pristine
area that captures some of Byron's original environment.
A boardwalk offers visitors
a glimpse of this natural paradise and seats have recently been installed so you can enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful oasis in the heart of Byron Bay.
sanctuary has been created to protect an area of
habitat for several threatened species.
Sanctuary also encourages awareness through art and signage. A series
of durable aluminum signs have been produced that are suitable to the
acidic environment typical of these Melaluka wetlands.
Through this imagery and text we hope to inform visitors of the value
of these protected areas and of the imminent danger many native species
Long-eared bat, for example has to compete for habitat with urban development,
loss of habitat to agriculture and introduced predators such as cats.
of the wetland is the Wallum Froglet. At only 15mm long, the presence
of this rare creature is generally only recognized through its "tinkling"
call. Wallum is now a threatened species due to loss of habitat and storm
of all is Michell's rainforest snail. Listed as critically endangered,
this large land snail is found only in rainforest and swamp forest areas
on the coastal plain between Ballina and Tweed Heads. The National Parks
and Wildlife Service have made Michell's rainforest snail the focus of
a recovery plan to try and save this unique species from extinction.
Dawe (Cumbebin Wetland regenerator consultant) has begun a weed management
program of the wetland that is chemical free. This program
does not overly concern itself with weed seed bank suppression and clears only weeds that are blocking the planting
of trees, natural regeneration and the movement of workers along designated