Parramatta River catchment study reveals surprising biodiversity hotspots

It may be counterintuitive, but the sprawling necropolis Rookwood Cemetery is among the most thriving and exciting habitats for native animals in the Parramatta River stretch.

"The cemetery is a biodiversity hot spot," said Ian Wright, a environmental science lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. "We don't disturb it much and we've got endangered ecological species that just love it, just hanging in there in little pockets.

A new report, 15 years in the making and funded by the state government, shows the most species-rich pockets in the Parramatta River catchment area, which covers nearly 27,000 hectares.

Read the full story on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

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