Threatened Plants and Animals in Wollondilly
The Wollondilly LGA has a diverse range of biodiversity that has significance both locally and in a broader context of south western Sydney. Biodiversity is generally defined as all living things and is comprised of ecological communities, fauna (animals) and flora (plants).
A vegetation or ecological community is a group of species that occur together in a particular area of the landscape. The species share and can tolerate similar environmental requirements. Ecological communities are commonly recognised by their assemblage of plant species and referred to by a collective name for that vegetation type or community.
Ecological communities are classified as threatened when identified as being at risk of extinction from the NSW Scientific Committee. This can occur because of a significant reduction in its distribution in a particular region or a decline in ecological function caused by clearing and fragmentation, habitat degradation or invasion by exotic species. Within the LGA, there are three Critically Endangered Ecological Communities (CEECs) (Shale/Sandstone Transition Forest, Cumberland Plain Woodland and Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest) listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act). The Wollondilly LGA also contains Western Sydney Dry Rainforest which is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community.
In addition, the Wollondilly LGA contains a diverse range of threatened flora and fauna species comprise of 57 species of flora and 76 species of fauna. The Wollondilly LGA has been identified as containing significant populations and habitat for koalas which are a listed threatened species. A full list of threatened flora and fauna within the Wollondilly LGA can be viewed on our Threatened Flora and Fauna page.
Note to Community Services: Visit our threatened flora and fauna page for a comprehensive list of flora and fauna at risk.