We're creating numerous 'wildlife corridors' which provide native animals with shelter, food and protection from predators as they move through urban areas to different bushland reserves.
North Sydney's bushland reserves are home to more than 150 native species including mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. They are also an important stop-off for 18 threatened, migratory species that visit our area. There are several threatened fauna species that can be spotted in North Sydney regularly, these include the powerful owl, grey-headed flying-fox, large bent-wing bat, large-footed myotis, yellow-bellied sheath-tail and white-bellied sea eagle.
Wildlife corridors, which are created by planting indigenous plants between bushland areas, allow native animals to:
- move from scarce food and water areas to where it’s more plentiful
- move from over-populated to under-populated areas
- travel with greater protection from predators
- access a wider range of breeding partners, preventing inbreeding and loss of genetic diversity in a local population.
Ridgelines and creeklines make good wildlife corridors because they often contain substantial remnant vegetation, dense cover and access to fresh water. They are utilised by birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and even insects.
You can help support wildlife corridors and native fauna by installing a nest box at your place, or by creating a habitat garden at home using local native plants available for free to residents that join our Native Havens program.