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Friday, December 16, 2016
Tipperary Falls

Bushland and Biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the diversity of life at all levels, genetic, species, community and ecosystem. Biodiversity is a fundamental part of healthy and functional ecosystems upon which our planet and lives depend.

The Hunter’s Hill Municipality is extremely fortunate to be home to a variety of native flora and fauna. While over 200 plant species have been recorded in the bushland of Hunter’s Hill, many plants are now locally and regionally scarce due to the significant reduction and fragmentation caused by urban development. These plants provide essential habitat for native animals including possums, over 80 recorded species of birds, and reptiles such as blue-tongue lizards and red-bellied black snakes.

Hunter’s Hill’s surviving bushland, together with its creek lines and foreshore habitat, also provides an important and valuable element to the suburban setting. The native tree canopies and shrub cover – not only in the bushland reserves but in many of the suburban backyards and private areas – provide the natural setting that is a valuable part of Hunter’s Hill.

These canopies also provide important habitat for native bird and insect life. The remnant bushland areas, where vegetation patterns, trees shrubs and ground cover are related to natural ecological processes, are still functioning. These areas provide local residents with a tangible experience of nature that is rare in urban areas.

It is extremely important that both the native flora and fauna populations are maintained and further improved in the future. Unfortunately, biodiversity loss is occurring at an unprecedented rate as a result of human induced pressures such as:

  • urban development and habitat loss
  • domestic cats and dogs
  • introduction of exotic plant and animal species, including diseases
  • pollution of water ways
  • altered flows of waterways i.e. increased flows in wet weather due to sewer overflows and urban runoff
  • global climate change
  • loss of indigenous knowledge of plant and animal life.
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