Provest Creek Ecological Restoration


Provest Creek is a part of Berowra Valley National Park in Hornsby Heights and is fed primarily by stormwater collected in the local urban catchment. At the top of the catchment is Montview Oval which was created from an old landfill site. A quarry operation mining clay shale and fireclay was also in operation from 1960 to 1975.

There are massive weed plumes along the creekline but also enough native flora to support a diverse range of fauna.  It is at a tipping point where restoration is still possible.

Wild Habitats Inc. a local group trying to restore natural habitat successfully received funding through the Federal CEP (Community Environment Program) to do fauna surveys and bush regeneration.

Here is the final report.

Check out our movie in infra-red of a Sugar Glider during a twilight survey

Volunteer Group

We are starting a volunteer group that will meet monthly to follow up and continue the work already done. The volunteer group meets the first Tuesday of every month 10am-12pm. If you are interested in getting involved then send an enquiry through our contact form.

Fauna Survey

Our fauna surveys reveals a diverse and abundant wildlife. In summary 13 species of mammals, 4 reptile species, 11 frog species and over 50 species of birds were detected during the monitoring period. Not bad for a site very close to an urban area. We are very fortunate to have our national parks which preserve habitat for the diverse fauna found in this vegetation community, the Peppermint-Angophora Forest.

Native Mammals

  • Ring-tailed Possum – Pseudocheirus peregrinus
  • Brush-tailed Possum – Trichosurus vulpecula
  • Swamp Wallaby – Wallabia bicolor
  • Possibly a Bush Rat – Rattus sp.
  • Sugar Glider – Petaurus breviceps
  • Feather-tail Glider – Acrobates pygmaeus
  • Whitestriped Free-tail Bat – Austronomus australis
  • Eastern Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus megaphyllus
  • Wattled Bat species – Chalinolobus sp.
  • Bentwinged Bat – Miniopterus sp.
  • Greyheaded Flying Fox – Pteropus poliocephalus (Vulnerable sp. NSW)


  • Red Fox – Vulpes vulpes
  • Cat – Felis catus


  • Red-bellied Black Snake – Pseudoechis porphyriacus
  • Eastern Water Skink – Eulamprus quoyii
  • Eastern Water Dragon – Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
  • Eastern Snake-necked Turtle – Chelodina longicollis


  • Bleating Tree Frog – Litoria dentata
  • Common Eastern Froglet – Crinia signifera
  • Dwarf Tree Frog – Litoria fallax
  • Spotted Marsh Frog – Limnodynastes tasmaniensis
  • Striped Marsh Frog – Limnodynastes peronii
  • Broad-palmed Frog – Litoria latopalmata
  • Peron’s Tree Frog – Litoria peronii
  • Smooth Toadlet – Uperoleia lavigata
  • Ewing’s Tree Frog – Litoria ewingii
  • Leaf-green Tree Frog – Litoria phyllochroa
  • Red-crowned Toadlet – Pseudophryne australis (Vulnerable sp. NSW)

Other Aquatic Species

  • Eel sp. (short finned or long finned) – Anguilla reinhardtii
  • Spiny Freshwater Crayfish – Euastacus spinifer
  • Damselfly – Zygoptera order
  • Darner Family Dragonfly – Aeshnidae family


  • Australian Brush Turkey – Alectura lathami
  • Australian Golden Whistler – Pachycephala pectoralis
  • Australian King-Parrot – Alisterus scapularis
  • Australian Magpie – Gymnorhina tibicen
  • Little Raven – Corvus mellori
  • Australian Wood Duck – Chenonetta jubata
  • Black-faced Cuckooshrike – Coracina novaehollandiae
  • Brown Cuckoo-dove – Macropygia phasianella
  • Brown Thornbill – Acanthiza pusilla
  • Brown Gerygone – Gerygone mouki
  • Crimson Rosella – Platycercus elegans
  • Eastern Whipbird – Psophodes olivaceus
  • Eastern Spinebill – Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
  • Eastern Yellow Robin – Eopsaltria australis
  • Grey Butcherbird – Cracticus torquatus
  • Grey Fantail – Rhipidura albiscapa
  • Grey Shrikethrush – Colluricincla harmonica
  • Laughing Kookaburra – Dacelo novaeguineae
  • Lewin’s Honeyeater – Meliphaga lewinii
  • Little Wattlebird – Anthochaera chrysoptera
  • New Holland Honeyeater – Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
  • Noisy Friarbird – Philemon corniculatus
  • Noisy Miner – Manorina melanocephala
  • Olive-backed Oriole – Oriolus sagittatus
  • Pied Currawong – Strepera graculina
  • Pilotbird – Pycnoptilus floccosus
  • Rainbow Lorikeet – Trichoglossus moluccanus
  • Red-browed Finch – Neochmia temporalis
  • Red Wattlebird – Anthochaera carunculata
  • Rufous Whistler – Pachycephala rufiventris
  • Satin Bowerbird – Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
  • Silvereye – Zosterops lateralis
  • Spotted Pardalote – Pardalotus punctatus
  • Striated Thornbill – Acanthiza lineata
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo – Cacatua galerita
  • Superb Lyrebird – Menura novaehollandiae
  • Superb Fairy-wren – Malurus cyaneus
  • Variegated Fairy-Wren – Malurus lamberti
  • Welcome Swallow – Hirundo neoxena
  • Willie Wagtail – Rhipidura leucophrys
  • White-eared Honeyeater – Nesioptilotis leucosis
  • White-browed Scrubwren – Sericornis frontalis
  • White-cheeked Honeyeater – Phylidonyris niger
  • White-throated Treecreeper – Cormobates leucophaea
  • White-headed Pigeon – Columba leucomela
  • Wonga Pigeon – Leucosarcia melanoleuca
  • Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo – Calyptorhynchus funereus
  • Yellow-faced Honeyeater – Caligavis chrysops
  • Yellow Thornbill – Acanthiza nana


  • Common Blackbird – Turdus merula
  • Red-whiskered Bulbul – Pycnonotus jocosus

Bush Regeneration

After attaining the grant we organised a Bush Regen Company Bush Habitat Restoration to begin the daunting task of starting to restore the area. After 10 visits they made an amazing start.

Through Streamwatch and Hornsby Shire Council’s Water Testing Program we also tested for water quality. This was important as we knew that Spiny Crayfish, Snake-necked turtles and Long-fin eels use the creek. There is much work to be done and we continue to reduce the weeds and work along the riparian (creekline) area.

SERA Recovery Wheel After Grant Work

SERA Recovery Wheel Before Grant Work