Our native flora and fauna
The University was built in the 1960s. Prior to that, the predominant use of the area was market gardens. Even during that phase of land use, there remained pockets of native vegetation. These pockets continue to exist and have increased in size over the last four decades. Changes in land use in the surrounding suburbs have increased the importance of the native vegetation on campus. The main area of native vegetation is on the northwest side of the lake, but other smaller pockets can be found near the entrance to the railway station, near the southwest corner of the campus and scattered across campus.
Macquarie University is located close to the native vegetation in Christie Park and Lane Cove National Park. The arboretum will act to integrate the campus with its natural surrounding areas. Development of the arboretum will extend the range of birds living in the natural vegetation of Christie Park and Lane Cove National Park and further encourage biological diversity on campus.
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