Yaralla has natural and cultural heritage significance for its biodiversity, which includes introduced and native flora and fauna. It is an important element in the health of the Parramatta River Catchment and its site is of significance, given it includes areas of remnant bushland otherwise rare regionally, areas of mangrove bordering the river banks. As well it has richly planted grounds, with a diverse mixture of introduced and native species of plants. These attract and provide food, fibre and habitat for an equally rich assortment of fauna, from microscopic: insects, soil fungi etc to large and obvious: birds, possums, humans. A self-guided tree walk brochure is available here, should you wish to come and see the natural fauna of the Estate.
Dame Eadith Walker Estate and Thomas Walker Estate were recently described as 'joint jewels in the City of Canada Bay's biodiversity crown' in a report by InSight Ecology (2014). This detailed report was a study of the indigenous fauna of the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area can be found on the City of Canada Bay Council's website here. The City of Canada Bay Council also has reports on bush regeneration and vegetation management at Yaralla which can be accessed via the council.
Andrew Huggett from Insight Ecology has presented on the fauna and flora unique to Yaralla Estate to the Yaralla Estate Community Advisory Committee in September 2014. A copy of his presentation can be accessed here.
Some species that inhabit the Yaralla Estate include a spectacular array of birdlife including honey eaters, wrens, parrots and more, a variety of mammals and a rare Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest.
Your photos of our Yaralla Estate
Community members are encouraged to help build an ongoing photographic exhibition of the unique flora and fauna of the beautiful Yaralla Estate.
Please be mindful when taking photographs at Yaralla Estate of residents and patients who occupy most of the buildings. We ask that you please do not take any photographs of the buildings on site.
Send your photos to Yaralla.EstateCommittee@sswahs.nsw.gov.au including your name, the species and the location of your photo. If you are unsure of the species we will try our best to identify it for you.
Sydney Local Health District will not reproduce any photographs without express written permission from the photographer. Please confirm in your email that you took the pictures and provide consent for them to be used on this site.
Please click here to view a PowerPoint presentation of Yaralla's landscape heritage developed by Mr Stuart Read