Lovett Bay North & Towlers Bay , Western Foreshores
Type of Park
Walking Track Easy
Walking Track Medium
Walking Track Hard
Bush Regeneration Sites
The reserves are located from Lovett Bay North to Towlers Bay on the western foreshore of Pittwater in this area of low residential development.
The reserves are bushland dominating these largely undeveloped areas. Residential properties often form a boundary with the reserve as do National
Parks, Roads and Crown land. Many have water frontages.
Environmental Projects in the Area
Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest Restoration
As Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest is listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act (1995) as an Endangered Ecological Community it is crucial
that we act now and take steps towards managing and protecting the forest community before it’s too late. Pittwater Spotted Gum forest is home
to a large number of local native animals, including many bird species and the Endangered Squirrel Glider.
Community planning and engagement workshops have revealed that the community values and identifies with the “leafy” look of Pittwater. It is the
Spotted Gums and other Eucalyptus trees that make up much of this valued “Green Look”. Over 70% of Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest is found on
private land, with only 30% existing in Council bushland reserves.
The purpose of this project is:
To restore native flora and fauna in an Endangered Ecological Community
To create a buffer on private land that aids in the protection of Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest and stop weeds coming onto private property.
To work with residents in conservation practices, such as noxious weed removal, so that restoration works will be sustained in the future.
To restore degraded areas and edges by planting with native tubestock grown from seeds sourced from the reserve.
To ensure that in 50 years Pittwater can continue to be renowned for its ‘leafy’ nature with an abundance of native wildlife.
Walking Tracks & Access
A network of tracks and fire trails exists, as well as the foreshore wharf.
The vegetation is Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) Open Forest community. Associated tree species are Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus paniculata)
and Rough-barked Apple (Angophora floribunda).
The Reserves of Lovett Bay North and Towlers Bay form part of the eastern extent of land continuous with Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park which
is the estuarine limit of this large expanse of bushland. The habitat types represented are Hawkesbury Sandstone Forest, Narrabeen Forest,
Closed Forest and the estuarine habitats (Swamp Oaks and Mangroves) on alluvial flats.
Within these habitats are a number of features which are conducive to the presence of a wide range of fauna species. Tree hollows which are used
by arboreal mammals, bats and a variety of birds (especially parrots), are common in mature trees.
The rocky outcrops, fallen logs and thick ground cover provide niches for reptiles, frogs and small terrestrial mammals. The ridgetops are host
to heaths and woodlands nearby.
The Reserves of Lovett Bay North and Towlers Bay contain Spotted Gum Forest that is considered significant at a state level and Coachwood Closed
Forest that is regionally significant
they provide a range of habitats including intertidal habitats adjacent to forest habitats and act as an extension of large bushland areas
in the National Park
they provide panoramic views to Barrenjoey Headland and Pittwater
they contribute to the landscape quality of 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
they contains significant aboriginal sites and a European heritage site