Flora and Fauna Survey
In December 2015 Council engaged Ecosure, an ecological consultant firm, to undertake a comprehensive flora and fauna survey of Council’s bushland areas including selected unmade road reserves.
The purpose of the survey, which replicated previous surveys, was to provide a snapshot of the current biodiversity values and condition assessment of Council’s major natural assets. The study area comprised all large bushland sites and 33 Unmade Road Reserves, all of which are Zoned E2 (Environmental Conservation) and managed by Mosman Council.
The report also compared new data with previous surveys to assess the progress made in the restoration of bushland areas under Council’s current Bushland Restoration Contract. The assessment of the Bushland Restoration Contract was reported to Council on 3 May 2016 (EP/34).
Council’s last comprehensive flora and fauna survey was completed in 2007.
The 2016 survey has highlighted that Council’s flora and fauna and ecological health of bushland sites continues to improve. This is testament to Council’s consistent work program aided by dedicated Bushcare volunteers. Some of the key findings and changes from the last survey include:
- There were 490 indigenous native plant species recorded (up from 454 in the 2007 survey)
- Two (previously unlisted) threatened plant communities were identified in five reserves
- An additional threatened fauna species, the Large-footed Myotis, a type of fishing bat was identified. This species was initially recorded as part of a Department of Primary Industries study in the species presence in Sydney Harbour after it was discovered in 2014. It is now officially recorded in the 2016 flora and fauna survey
- Confirmation of the presence of bandicoots
- Updated vegetation types to include all classification types commonly used within the industry
- An inventory of fauna habitat features for each site has also been provided. This provides an indication of which species are likely to occur and what habitat niches can be created on a site to improve biodiversity
The full report can be viewed here:
- Volume 1 – Flora and Fauna Assessment 2016
- Volume 2 – Bushland Reserves 2016
- Volume 3 – Unmade Road Reserves 2016
- Volume 4 – Comparison Report 2016.pdf
For further information contact Council’s Environment and Open Space Team on 9978 4000.