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As a mega-fire continues to burn in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area near Sydney, concern about the future of some of the region's unique flora and fauna is increasing.
Local plant and animal rescue groups have been swinging into action to help with recovery, but one expert has warned that the environment may "never recover".
"It will take decades or even centuries to recover," said Brajesh Singh, an ecosystem ecologist at the Hawkesbury Institute.
"And the rate of recovery will also depend on rainfall in the next few weeks, months and years.
Blue Mountains rain a morale boost for communities under threat from fires
While the rain falling in parts of NSW will have little impact on fires, according to the RFS, communities under threat from blazes have received the wet weather with joy.The Blue Mountains mayor, Mark Greenhill, posted a photo of himself with a Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer under a cloudy and grey sky after erratic fire conditions eased early this morning.
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Professor Singh has been studying biodiversity and how it has been affected by climate change and fire.
He warned that studies of similar environments in the United States show that more frequent and intense fires can destroy the seed bank and some areas never fully recover.
"Some of the forest area [in US studies] had almost no regrowth [because] there is not enough seeds in the system for the trees to germinate," Professor Singh said.
"So different [grassland] species of plants come into the picture."
Rare species under threat
Theuntil it was contained by firefighters in early January.
South Australia's iconic Kangaroo Island could see rare species wiped out after devastating bushfires
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It had a devastating affect on wildlife according to Antonia Revece from the local Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
She said she had seen considerable loss of kangaroos, wallabies, possums, insects and marsupials.
"Potentially we've seen groups of animals completely wiped out and my sense is that this has completely changed the landscape," Ms Revece said.
"It's fairly bleak when you drive around — a lot of the smaller shrubs have been burnt into the ground.
"A lot of the larger birds have survived; we're seeing clusters of cockatoos, lorikeets, parrots.
"In the days after [the fire] it was difficult to tell what they [the birds] were because they were all black."
Ms Revece said the loss of vegetation was displacing the wildlife that had survived the fires.
"Small birds have less places to hide from predators," she said.
"With crowning fires, incredible heat, fast moving, there were very few places of safety or refuge and huge damage to nesting sites, while the ground was incredibly hot for days after.
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This endangered reptile is unique to the Blue Mountains , where fire has burnt much of the world heritage area. Euan Ritchie, a wildlife ecologist at Deakin University, said some ecosystems would be able to recover in a few years, others would take decades, and some more than a century.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area is one of the largest and most intact tracts of protected The World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area is a deeply incised sandstone tableland covering over 1 The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service manages the 8 reserves that make up the Greater
"We've hardly found any sigs of possums. Considering the number that live out here, we're not seeing the equivalent of that being taken into care."
Plant species 'wiped out'
The Wildplant Rescue Service in Katoomba has been running a nursery and a seed bank to supply native plants from the local area to the public as well as Bushcare and Landcare groups, councils and state government agencies.
The coordinator, Tanya Mclean, was concerned about the survival of some of the unique species of plants that only live in the area.
"There are certain relic species of plants that are hanging on, like the isopogon fletcheri and the dwarf mountain pine, that could be wiped out by this fire because they have limited distribution," she said.
Ms Mclean was also concerned about the animals that depend on the forest.
"Lack of food will be a problem for the next three to five years, especially those that are arboreal like possums, sugar gliders and lizards that live and eat trees and plants," she said.
Native animals were also vulnerable after fire to predators like cats and foxes, so some food and water stations would be raised off the ground to provide some protection.
One expert has said it may be a good opportunity to cull feral animals.
Andrew Cox, the chief executive of the Invasive Species Council, said now is the time to reduce the population of deer, pigs and goats in New South Wales and Victoria while their cover is reduced and they gather around remaining water sources.
"If you really care about the wildlife we're going to have to get serious about the pest animals," he said.
"And aerial shooting should definitely be part of the mix."
Wildlife habitat struggle in wake of fires .
Wildlife carers say that a lack of suitable habitats makes it difficult to release native animals that survived recent bushfires and drought.A lack of food and habitats for native animals is concerning wildlife authorities across Australia's bushfire-ravaged southeast.