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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
Strathfield Scene 15 www.ourstrathfield.com.au LIFE • 52 species of native fish and crabs, including mudcrab, yabbies and snapper, as well as six species of goby and four of gudgeon. • Seven species of frogs, including the endangered green and golden bell frog in the freshwater ponds. • Many species of lizards including the water skink and water dragon. • Hundreds of species of invertebrates and their larval stages, including dragonflies, butterflies and water leeches. • More than 213 native species of trees, shrubs and grasses in the park, includ- ing rare orchids in the Newington Nature Reserve wetland. • More than 195 species of birds have been recorded since 2000, with several species of migratory shorebirds such as the bar-tailed godwit, the sharp-tailed sandpiper and the Japanese snipe. • The grey mangrove and river mangrove. • More than 93 species of water plants, including several species of underwater plants such as endangered Zannichellia palustris. • Coastal saltmarsh plants, including the vulnerable species Wilsonia backhousei. THE PARK’S ABUNDANCE INCLUDES... Green and golden bell frog Dusky moorhen Explore and more Families, students and ecologists have all been drawn to the now-flourishing wetlands for a closer look at its many creatures and plants. Plus it’s a great place to have a picnic, run or ride a bike. By car: If you are planning to get to the Sydney Olympic Park by car, turn into Bicentennial Park from Australia Avenue and follow the signs towards Parking Lot 7 and the Education Centre. By train: If you are planning to use public transport to get to the wetlands, catch the train to Sydney Olympic Park and it is around a 20 minute walk from the train terminal. For more information, visit: sydneyolympicpark.com.au. “The park is like my second wife. It is my second home. Dr Swapan Paul HOW TO GET THERE