An overgrown car park and former rubbish head in Sydney’s inner west has been transformed into an urban haven for wildlife

A neglected plot of land in Sydney’s Inner West is set to be transformed into an urban wildlife refuge as conservation experts increasingly seek small plots of inner city land.

The 0.6 hectare portion of Crown land known as The Hill, which lies behind Glebe’s Tramsheds, is currently walled.

Parts of the green space are asphalted and weeds are growing out of control.

“It was rubbish advice,” said Andrew Wood of the Glebe Society.

“Subsequently, part of it was covered with tar and became a parking lot for the Harold Park Shepherds’ dogs and run.”

Now, the Glebe Society has received a $40,000 innovation grant from the City of Sydney to create hidden cameras and detailed wildlife surveys in collaboration with the University of Sydney.

It is hoped that research on the site will allow it to become home to more birds, reptiles, and native microbes, along with pollinators such as bees and flies.

Spread portions of the litter between seedlings and herbaceous plants.
It may not seem like much, but this site could soon become home to local birds and animals.(Supplied: Andrew Wood)

Trails are “stepped”, not green

There is an “urgent need” for more green spaces within the city such as The Hill, said Dieter Hochuli of the University of Sydney’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

He said the project could become a “proof of concept” for similar user areas in Australian cities.

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