Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is the variety of all species on earth. It is the different plants, animals and microorganisms that exist.
As Sydney grows, we need to remember our small neighbours too. Most of the animals in the local area are indigenous or introduced species that are used to the hustle and bustle of urban environments. A lot of the plant life has also been introduced and very few natural areas remain today.
Luckily for us, some habitat still remains for less common plants and animals.
Patches of coastal saltmarsh, an endangered ‘ecological community’, occur within our villages and 4 threatened animal species live locally: the green and golden bell frog, powerful owl, eastern bent-wing bat and grey-headed flying fox. Sightings of the long-nosed bandicoot have also been recorded in the local area. This is an animal that has disappeared from most parts of inner-city Sydney.
Parks, gardens and wetlands throughout our villages provide a home for lots of other species, including the eastern blue-tongue lizard, superb fairy-wren, royal spoonbill, buff-banded rail, eastern water dragon, New Holland honeyeater, peregrine falcon, dwarf eastern tree frog, silvereye and tawny frogmouth.
Draft Urban Ecology Strategic Action Plan
We love local species in our city. We are pretty chuffed that interesting species live in our villages and we think we could provide a pretty nice home to lots more indigenous animals with a bit of clever thinking.
With this in mind, the City of Sydney commissioned the Urban Ecology Strategic Action Plan as one of many initiatives aimed at achieving the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision of a green, global and connected city.
The focus of the plan is the biodiversity of the local area.
Although biodiversity has been greatly reduced from its original state within the local area, some significant vegetation and many fauna species remain.
There is a huge opportunity to conserve and enhance these existing biodiversity values in the city.
Last updated: Monday, 23 September 2013