Local wildlife watch

Local wildlife watch

Annual spring bird survey 2015

The spring bird survey helps us learn more about the birds living in our local area. Get outdoors, meet your neighbours and learn more about our local wildlife.

Join the count!

Annual spring bird survey 2015

Our yearly spring bird survey is from Sunday 27 September to Saturday 24 October. The City’s first spring bird survey ran in 2013 with the Glebe Society’s Blue Wren Group, and now runs for a whole month with community events across the city.

The survey will help us better understand the species of birds living in our city and the habitat they like.

Download a birds of Sydney ID sheet and survey form and head to What's on to register so we know you're participating. You can complete as many surveys as you like during the month. You can also download Cornell University's 'eBird' app, and complete the survey on your smartphone. If you need to check if your survey will be in the City's local area, please email us and we can check

There will be great bird watching prizes, you’ll get to meet your neighbours and learn more about the birds living in your area.

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 nationwide database.

Visit What's On to find out more about this year's survey, community events and to register.


Sophie Golding

Urban Ecology Coordinator02 9265 9333

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.

Last updated: Monday, 28 September 2015