Vandals have wreaked havoc in Billinudgel Nature Reserve: cutting down a number of native trees, damaging park signs and leaving a camp fire left unattended.
The incident, which took place last week in a section of the park north of South Golden Beach has led the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to put out a plea for information.
NPWS Tweed-Kyogle area manager Damien Hofmeyer said the vandals cut down trees and sprayed graffiti on other trees as well as on park signage.
‘A camp fire was left burning and if staff had not discovered it there was a real possibility that it may have started a bushfire’, Mr Hofmeyer said.
‘If anyone has any information regarding this matter we would like them to contact us’, he said.
Billinudgel Nature Reserve is an important coastal habitat with high numbers of endangered plant species and endangered ecological communities.
The reserve supports two species of threatened frogs and a range of threatened birds such as the grass owl.
The public are encouraged to report suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers 1300 333 000 or any information on this latest incident in Billinudgel Nature Reserve to NPWS Tweed Area Office on 6670 8600.