Swamp Oaks and Swamp Paperbarks dominate Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest (SOFF) in moist areas close to rivers and estuaries. Other species such as Lilly Pilly, Cheese Tree, Common Silkpod and Slender Knotwood thrive in SOFF and can provide habitat for frogs and food for some bird species, especially cockatoos.
Unfortunately SOFF has been threatened by land clearing, weeds, water pollution and changes to soil salinity. It has been estimated that less than 30 per cent of original coastal floodplain wetlands, including SOFF, now remain.
Swamp Oak Floodplain fact sheet (pdf. 523KB)
Save the forest
There’s lots you can do to help preserve SOFF:
If you live near the forest, there’s even more you can do to help preserve it:
- Plant some of the forest’s native species, such as Common Silkpod, Scrambling Lily and Snake Vine, in your garden. This will help attract birds, mammals and butterflies.
- Be careful when mowing your lawn. Mowing underneath SOFF trees prevents seedlings from establishing. Hand weed or poison weeds instead.
- Remove weeds from your own garden to stop them spreading into SOFF
- If you’re using greywater in your garden, use low phosphorus detergents
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