Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge

Helping to meet our environmental obligations

Hordern House is actively reducing its carbon footprint: we have increased our output of electronic catalogues and use e mail communication wherever possible. Nonetheless, as a business that actually celebrates old technology we do use paper and other consumables. So to offset our carbon use we have taken an active position in a wonderful venture, Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

Sportsman Creek is a 120-acre property at Dilkoon near Grafton in northern NSW. A gazetted property registered as a non-profit business, its mission statement is to preserve the riparian zone along Sportsman Creek, to restore and maintain the remainder of the property, and to protect a full range of native flora and fauna and their habitats. It aims to ensure that a wildlife corridor is maintained to the neighbouring Southern Richmond Range group of Nature Reserves and Conservation areas. It also seeks to protect and respect the Aboriginal values associated with the Bundjalung Aboriginal Nation.

The geology of the Sportsman Creek watershed predominantly comprises lithic sandstones, siltstones, claystones and minor coal, and is known as the Grafton Formation. These sandstone-derived soils tend to be infertile, poorly constructed and susceptible to erosion. However, this area contains some of the most diverse and significant mammal habitat in N.S.W. Our wildlife refuge represents a time capsule of past land management by the Indigenous people of the Bundjalung Nation to the present. The natural regeneration and robust nature of the open woodland eucalypt forest provides opportunity for both research and wonder.

The management of Sportsman Creek is committed to ongoing survey work to increase the flora and fauna knowledge of the area and to increase all ecological and management requirements in regard to introduced plants and animals. As part of this knowledge base the property's long-term aims include providing a valuable and easily accessible website for the community to use on a wide range of ecological subjects. Please visit the website at

Read the article in the Daily Examiner about the great work being done.