As well as management practices, scientific research is carried out at the Australian Botanic Garden into the biodiversity and ecology of the woodland. Just as you have learnt about the Cumberland Plain Woodland by exploring this Digital Learning module, scientists from the Garden have spent years understanding the ecology of the woodland and monitoring change. They have shared their findings on the Woodland ecology page to help educate visitors and land holders on how to best protect the Cumberland Plain Woodland.
Activities - Human interactions with the Cumberland Plain Woodland
1. How much remains?
Overlay a 10 x 10 cm grid on the map of the original distribution of the Cumberland Plain Woodland (French, Callaghan and Hill, 2000) and colour in 6% of this area - the amount of remaining woodland today. Create other visual analogies representing what 6% in area looks like.
2. Habitat removal & fragmentation
Play a game and compose a creative text to demonstrate the effect of habitat removal and fragmentation on animal populations. Click here to access the teacher information for this two-part activity.
3. Woodland warriors
Create a comic strip, short graphic novel or tableaux featuring a superhero called ‘Woodland Warrior’. Describe the superpowers Woodland Warrior would require in order to save the woodland, and the villains they must defeat.
4. Campaigning for the Cumberland
Create a ‘Campaign for the Cumberland’ targeted to a western Sydney community living near the bushland. Click here for the Campaigning for the Cumberland activity sheet.
5. Living on the edge
Survey the ecological health of nearby habitats and create a management plan for your school to improve the biodiversity of these areas. Click here to access more information for this activity.
6. Planning around plants
Plan for a new town in western Sydney which has a large remnant of Cumberland Plain Woodland. Use this activity sheet to assist - Planning around Plants.