Biodiversity in Randwick City

Despite its urban setting, Randwick City provides temporary or permanent homes to a wide array of life. Areas of native bushland and our natural coastline particular support local biodiversity hotspots, providing homes to over 450 indigenous plants and approximately 200 birds, 29 reptiles, 7 mammals and 16 frog species.

Our remnant bushland provides crucial habitat for several nationally rare and endangered plants, animals and ecological communities. These areas also provide a link with Australia’s pre-European settlement, forming part of our natural heritage.

What are the main threats to our local biodiversity?

  • Habitat loss is the greatest threat to remaining biodiversity.
  • Fragmentation of large areas of bushland into smaller vulnerable remnants
  • Disturbance and/or predation on native animals by feral and domestic animals (including pets).
  • Introduction of exotic plants, which replace native species. eg. by dumping garden waste or allowing garden escapes.
  • Added water and nutrients, which make conditions more favourable for exotics over natives.
  • Inappropriate management practices such as clearing native vegetation or removal of habitat features such as bushrock, logs, leaf liter or hollows.
  • Changes in the season, frequency and intensity of bush fires, which affect the way many plant species regenerate after fire.

Randwick City Council’s actions to stem biodiversity loss:

Council's bushland management program is multifaceted and includes:

  • Maintenance of natural areas through bush regeneration
  • Public education including events, signage and consultation
  • Monitoring biodiversity
  • Managing state/ federally listed and environmental weeds
  • Pest animal control
  • Maintaining native plant stock at the Randwick Community Nursery
  • Supporting opportunities for the community to get involved:
Last Updated: 20 March 2023
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