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Welcome to the Ryde - Hunter's Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society.

The Society has been active in local conservation issues since 1966 and is well networked with the broader conservation movement across NSW.

The Society's Constitution states its Aims and Objectives as:

a. The education of the members and the community, particularly in the local area, in nature conservation and protection of the environment;

b. To promote ecologically sustainable land use and development;

c. To promote nature conservation including an adequate system of national parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves, wildlife refuges and corridors and urban bushland reserves; adequate protection measures for native wildlife;

d. Achieving satisfactory measures to safeguard the environment from all forms of pollution to ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy environment;

e. To work for the permanent retention and conservation of all natural areas in the local district and an increase in the area set aside for nature conservation and

f. To undertake the management of the Field of Mars Reserve with Ryde City Council as a major conservation project

We have a regular newsletter Wallumetta which is issued six times a year which attempts to update members on both local environmental issues and issues of wider impact. Our volunteer members keep the Visitors Centre open each weekend. Please contact us if you have concerns about threats to our local natural areas and the precious native fauna which depend on our sensitive bushland areas and waterways.

Latest Photos

Our new duck family appears to have undergone significant attrition in the last week or so, from about 19 ducklings a week ago to 7 now (Oct 1).

Duck family, 25 Sept
The duck family on 25 Sept numbered 2+19.

Duck family, 01 Oct
The duck family on 1 Oct was down to 2+7.

What's on

“Birds in the Bush” - A Walk and talk in the Field of Mars Wildlife Refuge

8 October 2016, 3pm –5pm at the Field of Mars Reserve

With Cathy Goswell, President of the Cumberland Bird Observers Club

Followed by a BBQ at the Visitor Centre

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Refer flyer for details, email or phone or leave a message on 98796067. We can send you a map.

ENTRY FREE – but donations welcome to cover costs.

This event is organised by the RHHFFPS Activities Committee.


Saturday 15 October, 7.45am – Guided Walk Birdwatching in the Field of Mars Reserve.

This event is organised by City of Ryde and rescheduled after our previous newsletter was published. The walk guide is a bird specialist and will be able to help you spot and identify a wide variety of native bird species including summer migratory birds.

You will have the opportunity to view birds in their native habitat including bush, mangrove and estuarine environments. For more details, see the City of Ryde website at


Sunday 5 November, 2pm - 4pm – "LUMPY LIZARDS AND FUNKY FROGS"

The afternoon will include a walk and talk, in which you will find out about reptiles and amphibians in the Field of Mars, and how you can make lizards and frogs welcome around your home. For younger ones, there will be a "Reptile Riddles" activity.


Saturday 3 December, from 4pm - MEMBERS’ END-OF-YEAR GATHERING

All members and their families are invited to come for afternoon tea, then chat with others and/or enjoy a bushwalk, followed by a barbecue-and-salad dinner. Many members contribute in diverse ways and this is a chance for us all to come together in an informal atmosphere.