Native habitat flourishing in the City’s heart

Native habitat flourishing in the City’s heart

Peregrine falcons soaring above Ultimo and blue-tongue lizards sunning themselves in Sydney Park are some of the recent sightings of lesser-known urban dwellers spotted in the heart of our city thanks to improved habitats.

The City of Sydney’s Urban Ecology Strategic Action Plan will build on efforts to provide steps to protect and preserve our urban biodiversity and take important action to conserve local native plants and animals and improve wildlife habitat for all types of creatures.

Ecological surveys carried out for the development of the plan found 365 native plants and  99 fauna species in the City. These included the eastern dwarf tree fog, small birds like the superb fairy wrens and silvereyes, and freshwater wetland birds including the royal spoonbill, Australian reed warbler and black-winged stilts.

Volunteer at Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery, David Lawrence, said city and community members are working together to conserve the city’s wildlife.

“Over the years I have been volunteering, there has been a significant return of bird life to the inner city,” Mr Lawrence said. “It’s wonderful to not only observe these species but to hear their beautiful musical calls in the heart of our city.”

“The City’s plan is a vital part of spreading the news about encouraging the return of the wildlife to our urban areas. Biodiversity adds to our quality and it’s important we spread the message about the importance of flora and fauna in cities with our children.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said biodiversity played a vital role in creating and preserving a beautiful and rich environment for residents to live in.

“As our cities continue to grow, protecting and preserving our green, open spaces and native wildlife becomes increasingly important,” the Lord Mayors said.

“A thriving urban ecology makes our city a more attractive and liveable place.”

The ecology plan aims to increase and improve habitat areas to attract native wildlife and migrating birds as well as creating habitat corridors or ‘stepping stones’ to connect these areas so species can move around safely.

The City is creating special habitat for frogs and micro-bats in Sydney Park to encourage more species to live and breed in the park. A regeneration project for Jubilee Park’s endangered saltmarsh habitat in Jubilee Park will attract native wildlife and migrating birds.

That work compliments the efforts of volunteers who freely give their time to keep our city green and preserve wildlife. Active urban biodiversity community groups include:

  • Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare
  • The Glebe Bushcare Group
  • Friends of Orphan School Creek
  • The Glebe Society’s Blue Wren Group, and
  • Sydney Park Swans.

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Claire Thompson, phone 9265 9582 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Tyron Butson on 0427 044 768 or email