Approximately 6% or 35 hectares (ha) of the Local Government Area of Hunters Hill is remnant bushland. Thirty hectares of this is in public open space under the care, control and management of Council, and a further 5 ha is on privately owned land along the Lane Cove and Parramatta River. There is a further 8 ha that is revegetated or modified vegetation.
Considering the extent and intensity of urban development in the region as well as the proximity to the Sydney CBD, these bushland areas are significant not only on a local, but also on a regional scale. Remnant vegetation in Hunters Hill provides a link between Sydney Harbour and Lane Cove National Park.
In the Municipality there are several large areas of remnant bushland, such as Boronia Park, Buffalo Creek Reserve and Kelly’s Bush, as well as smaller areas, such as Ferdinand Street, Riverglade Reserve and Gladesville Reserve, which act as important biodiversity corridors along and between the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers.
In Hunter’s Hill bushland reserves there have been over 80 species of animals recorded, excluding invertebrates, and over 200 species of plants. This does not include the animals and locally indigenous native plants in gardens.
The protection and conservation of native vegetation is essential to maintain biodiversity. Habitat loss and degradation is directly related to species extinction through the removal of species themselves as well as those resources and processes upon which they depend. Threats to bushland in urban areas such as Hunters Hill include:
Residents can help to protect native animals by:
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