Local wildlife watch

Local wildlife watch

Annual spring bird survey

To register your participation in the annual spring bird survey, please email urbanecology@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

The survey has been taking place since 2013 and this year it is happening on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October.

We share the city with over 70 species of interesting birds that live in our backyards, parks and nature corridors. This includes the more common native rainbow lorikeets, to the less common New-Holland honeyeaters.

With your help, we can better understand what species of birds live in our villages and what sorts of habitat they like. This helps us better care for their habitat, and make sure they continue to call the city home. All data from the survey will also be provided to the Atlas of Living Australia. 

What you need to do

A 20 minute survey in your backyard or closest park. You can do as many as you like between 8am and 11am across various sites.  

Download an identification sheet and survey form. You can also complete the survey online.

Report sightings of uncommon native animals

Seen an interesting native animal in the local area? A striped marsh frog perhaps? Or a tawny frogmouth, often mistaken for an owl?

We encourage you to report your sighting so we can build our database of native wildlife and better understand how we can help these animals thrive.

Reported sightings will also help us to build a picture of how such animals behave in different seasons. For example, what time of the year are migratory birds feeding at our wetlands?

These practices or sightings may not seem unusual on a daily basis, but with sightings becoming increasingly rare, our increased understanding of these species’ preferences will help us improve their ability to survive and thrive.

Better knowledge and information helps us stimulate biological diversity in our area and helps create an environment where native wildlife can flourish.  Your reported sightings will also help us identify if we are meeting targets in our urban ecology strategic action plan, and will contribute to other initiatives such as the Atlas of Living Australia.

Report your sighting online. 

What uncommon animals would you might expect in the local area?

There’s actually a fairly big list of interesting native animal sightings:

  • peregrine falcons
  • barking owl
  • eastern dwarf frog
  • powerful owl
  • superb fairy wren
  • spotted pardolote
  • New Holland honeyeater
  • black-winged stilt
  • great egret
  • green and golden bell frog
  • eastern water dragon
  • blue-tongue lizard
  • long-nosed bandicoot

…to name a few.

If you’re a City resident and you’d like information about these native animals, contact us.

Biodiversity volunteering with the City is a great way to help care for and learn about the native plants and animals in your local area. Here are some other initiatives you could get involved in:

Microbat tracking

This program aims to find out more about microbats and provides the local community with the opportunity to record bats across various locations throughout the year. Residents are invited to take part in the program and join these ongoing surveys.

Each species of bat has a unique high frequency call which is generally not audible to humans. By recording bat calls using a special bat detector we can determine what species are flying in the area.

Bats are very unique animals and may be the most diverse and abundant native mammal locally. By becoming involved in this monitoring program you will learn more about these interesting animals and play an important role in managing local biodiversity.

Contact us to find out when and where the surveys will be held.

Annual spring bird survey

Our 2014 spring bird survey will be held across Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October between 8am and 11am

The City’s annual spring bird survey ran for the first time in 2013 with the Glebe Society’s Blue Wren Group. The City will be running this event every year with interested residents at various locations. The annual survey will be supplemented by observations throughout the year by City staff and interested residents.

Survey data is used to guide habitat management and monitor long-term trends in species diversity and abundance. Data will be provided to the Atlas of Living Australia, for inclusion in the nation-wide database. 

To register your participation in the survey, please contact us.


Sophie Golding

Urban Ecology Coordinator02 9265 9333

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 October 2014