Bathurst’s plan to save endangered butterfly takes flight

23 JULY 2021

Bathurst’s plan to save endangered butterfly takes flight

Bathurst's National Tree Planting Day efforts at Charles Sturt this year will focus on protecting the purple copper butterfly.

  • More than 150 seedlings to be planted at Charles Sturt in Bathurst for National Tree Day

Charles Sturt University in Bathurst is preparing to help one of its most endangered residents.

More than 150 seedlings will be planted for National Tree Day on Tuesday 27 July to further the University’s environmental impact and protect the purple copper butterfly (Paralucia spinifera).

The planting will include 15 blackthorn, which the local endangered butterfly exclusively feeds on, as well as 80 silver wattle, 20 kangaroo thorn, 20 silver banksia, 20 sticky hopbush and 20 sticky daisy bush.

All seedlings are local to the Bathurst Regional Council area and will be planted at Charles Sturt’s Eco Walk, Hawthornden Creek and Panorama Avenue.

Charles Sturt’s Department of Facilities Management Operations Coordinator Mr Shane O’Brien said this year’s planting will focus on the shrub layer, consisting of young trees and bushes, while future planting will focus on incorporating native grasses.

“These plantings are native species and are ideal for attracting native pollinator insects and birds,” he said.

“The sites for this year’s planting have been identified for above ground stratification.

“We encourage community members and Charles Sturt staff and students to be a part of this event.”

Those wanting to participate can register by contacting

National Tree Day is on Sunday 1 August, with the school events to be held on Friday 30 July.

Media Note:

For more information, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or

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