Since European settlement, the majority of bushland in Hunters Hill has been cleared for urban development. As a direct result an unknown number of flora and fauna species have become extinct and the remaining species have been reduced in number. The surviving species are only assured protection by the on-going careful management of bushland areas in Hunters Hill.
In 2013 the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) mapped vegetation across the Sydney Metropolitan Area using the NSW Plant Community Type classification. OEH mapped 12 distinct vegetation communities in the Hunter’s Hill Local Government Area including: wet sclerophyll forests i.e. Coastal Enriched Sandstone Moist Forest, Sydney Foreshores Shale Forest, Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest (EEC); dry sclerophyll forests i.e. Coastal Enriched Sandstone Dry Forest, Coastal Sandstone Foreshores Forest, Coastal Sandstone Gully Forest, Hornsby Enriched Sandstone Exposed Woodland; heathland i.e. Coastal Headland Banksia Heath; forested wetlands i.e. Estuarine Swamp Oak Forest (EEC), Coastal Freshwater Swamp Forest (EEC); and saline wetlands i.e. Estuarine Saltmarsh (EEC) and Estuarine Mangrove.
Doug Benson, Senior Plant Ecologist Royal Botanic Gardens – 2003:
“Today the natural vegetation has been significantly reduced and fragmented by urban development. Remnants of Sydney Turpentine lronbark Forest, an endangered ecological community listed under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act, represent some of the vegetation found on the higher nutrient shale soils. This vegetation is important at the state scale because of the extent of past land clearing. Remnants of other communities are significant at the regional scale because of the current extent and increasing intensity of suburban development. The bushland forms important wildlife habitat links through the suburbs, from the peninsula along the rivers and on to the Lane Cove National Park”.
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