All creatures great and small
Plants and animals make up a big part of what makes our villages so beautiful. We share our villages not just with our human neighbours but also with a wide variety of plants, birds and other animals.
As Sydney grows, we need to remember our small neighbours too. Most of the animals in the city are indigenous or introduced species that are used to the hustle and bustle of urban areas. A lot of the plant life has also been introduced and very few natural areas remain today.
Lucky for us, some habitat still remains for less common plants and animals. Patches of Coastal Saltmarsh, an endangered ‘ecological community’, occur within our villages and four threatened animal species – the Green and Golden Bell Frog, Powerful Owl, Eastern Bent-wing Bat and Grey-headed Flying Fox – live within our City.
Parks, gardens and wetlands throughout our villages provide a home for lots of other species, including the Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard, Superb Fairy-wren, Royal Spoonbill, Buff-Banded Rail, Eastern Water Dragon, New Holland Honeyeater, Peregrine Falcon, Dwarf Eastern Tree Frog, Silvereye, and Tawny Frogmouth.