Reserves of Lovett Bay South & Elvina Bay
Location & Description
Reserves include Cooper's Point Reserve, Floods Reserve, Elvina Park and Rocky Point. The Reserves described are located from McCarrs Creek to the southern side of Lovett Bay on the western foreshores of Pittwater.
The Reserves are dominated by bushland in largely undeveloped areas. The major landuse adjacent to the Reserves is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with adjoining residential properties, many with waterfrontages and Crown land.
Environmental Projects in this Area
Walking Tracks & Access
A network of unsealed fire trails exist providing access to most Reserves. Access through many of the Reserves is minimal.
Elvina Park supports an example of Spotted Gum Tall Open-forest.
At Rocky Point, the vegetation consists of Spotted Gum Forest dominated by Spotted Gum and Grey Ironbark.
The habitat complexity of the tall moist forest and its connection to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park means that Elvina Park is able to support a diverse fauna assemblage. A number of important sightings have been made in the vicinity including the rare spotted-tailed quoll, brush turkey and the vagrant noisy pitta. The noisy pitta uses such wet forests in the Sydney region as stopover points between rainforests to the north and south.
Cabbage tree palms, lillypillies and rainforest vines provide food for frugivorous pigeons, parrots and cuckoos. The thick damp groundcover makes it suitable for a range of reptiles and some terrestrial mammals.
- The Reserves in Elvina Bay and Lovett Bay South contain Spotted Gum Forest communities which are significant at a State level
- they contain significant aboriginal sites
- they provide major habitat and habitat complexity for a diverse assemblage of native fauna including threatened and significant species, namely the spotted-tailed quoll, brush turkey and the noisy pitta
- they provide panoramic views to Barrenjoey Headland and Pittwater
- they contribute to the landscape quality of the Pittwater foreshore and are used for a range of activities in a bushland setting
- they provide a record of the original landscape and the changes wrought by urban development
- they are an educational resource and a contact point with nature for residents