Native wildlife and threatened species
The Eurobodalla Shire is home to many threatened species and endangered ecological communities.
In NSW, a threatened species is a plant or animal species that is listed under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 or the NSW Fisheries Management Act 1994. Some species may also be listed nationally by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).
Council works with other agencies and the community to reduce the pressures and threats that impact negatively on these species. This includes work to improve the condition and increase the extent of threatened species' habitat and endangered communities, where possible.
Threatened species likely to be found in Eurobodalla
You can find out about the NSW listed threatened species that are likely to be found in Eurobodalla, and local species listed nationally under the EPBC Act on the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment's Protected Matters search tool:
Endangered ecological communities
Endangered ecological communities (EECs) are plant communities under threat from a range of activities. These communities are listed in the same way as threatened species.
There are 12 EECs that can be found in Eurobodalla Shire. You can view the profiles of these communities on the NSW Office of Environment's website. Some of the profiles cover more than one EEC.
The Recognition and Management of Endangered Ecological Communities in the South East Corner of NSW Report provides more comprehensive information about the recognition and management of EECs found in the southern NSW coastal region:
- Recognition and Management of Endangered Ecological Communities in the South East Corner of NSW Report (1.4 MB)
Maps of potential EECs
You can access maps for relevant areas that may contain EECs on our GIS mapping tool. This tool has been designed to display various mapping layers, including the layer for potential EECs. To turn on the 'potential EECs' layer on the tool, expand the 'environmental features' layer on the left side of the screen, then tick the 'potential EEC' layer:
Profiles of EECs
These profiles of the endangered ecological communities of the south east corner of NSW are available on the Office of Environment and Heritage website. The profiles include the location of each species and the threats being faced.
Grassland and forest communities
- Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest
- River-Flat Eucalypt Forest
- Freshwater Wetlands on Coastal Floodplains
- Coastal Saltmarsh
Other coastal communities
- Littoral Rainforest
- Themeda Grassland on Seacliffs and Coastal Headlands
- Bangalay Sand Forest
- Araluen Scarp Grassy Forest
- Montane Peatlands and Swamps of the New England Tableland, NSW North Coast, Sydney Basin, South East Corner, South Eastern Highlands and Australian Alps.
Find out more about Endangered Ecological Communities on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.
You can also contact Council:
- T: 4474 1000
- E: Council
Helping local wildlife following the bushfires
Community support has been invaluable for wildlife after months of drought and bushfires. Decent rain from February 2020 means there is no longer a need to feed wildlife.
If you are noticing feral animals in your area, contact Council’s Invasive Species Team on 02 4474 1000 or by emailing Council. Please note that depending on the tenure of the land, different land management parties will be responsible for any action on invasive species. Please refer to Council's website page on introduced plants and animals for more information.
Wildlife habitat will take a long time to recover. However, community members can help over the coming months by doing the following:
- Build/install nest boxes. Ensure they are to birdlife standards. The website Nest Box Tales is a great site for nest box building and installation information for local wildlife species.
- Join Wildlife Relief Eurobodalla on Facebook for a variety of relevant information and advice from people already doing great work and extending the local wildlife carer network.
- If you have a cat you can obtain a CatBib for free so your cat can’t catch and kill wildlife. Council can provide these and many Eurobodalla Vets also stock them. Also consider having your cat desexed. Contact Council for more information.
- Consider wildlife when putting up fences and netting fruit trees – barbed wire and some netting can injure or kill wildlife. Ensure that you choose animal-friendly versions.
- Plant a wildlife-friendly garden to attract insects and other animals back to the area. To get started, book in a visit from one of Council’s friendly Sustainability Team members for advice and ideas (not available during COVID-19 isolation).
- Join a Landcare group near you.
- Remove weeds - they often spread through burnt areas faster than native species. You can find more information on weeds and how to identify and remove weeds on Council's invasive species page.
- Join a citizen science platform such as Budawang Coast Nature Map to assist with monitoring and information gathering.
- Injured or distressed wildlife should be reported to WIRES on phone: 1300 094 737.
- Keep an eye on Council's communication platforms as we find new ways to continue helping the community to learn about and assist the environment during the altered state of COVID-19 social distancing.
We can help you
If you need more information about wildlife recovery, please contact our Natural Resources Team:
- T: 4474 1000
- E: Natural Resources Team