Flora and Fauna Survey
In 2015, Council completed a comprehensive flora and fauna survey within the following areas:
- Cooper Park
- Trumper Park
- Parsley Bay Reserve
- Christison Park
- Gap Park
The survey identified flora (plants) and fauna (animals) through day and night time surveying using sound detection devices and motion detection cameras. The survey will be used as a baseline for future biodiversity monitoring.
To monitor the success of the programs being implemented by Council, and to ensure that Council is aware of any major changes in biodiversity in the area, a biodiversity monitoring program commenced in 2016 following the completion of the flora and fauna survey.
Council has a dedicated team of staff members and volunteers who maintain and protect our local bushland.
Council staff and volunteers currently carry out bush regeneration and weed removal works over 16.83 hectares of bushland in Woollahra. This work occurs at Cooper Park, Parsley Bay Reserve, Gap Park and Trumper Park and Harbour View Park.
Councils bush regeneration activities are also supported by volunteers from corporate groups and schools.
Did you know that some of our harbour beaches are home to colonies of White's Seahorses?
White’s Seahorses grow to a maximum length of 16cm and are highly variable in colour, which is known to change based on their mood and the habitat coloration it is living on.
White’s Seahorses have recently been listed as Endangered under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 due to the loss of natural habitat. Sydney populations are now predominantly found on man-made swimming nets within the harbour. Council has reviewed the process of cleaning swimming nets to minimise the potential impact the process has on the seahorse populations.
In addition, Council has teamed up with Ecodivers, who are conducting quarterly monitoring of seahorse populations.
Native Small Bird Habitat Garden
Take a walk up through Gap Park and you will see our demonstration habitat garden for attracting and protecting small, native birds.
Planting native plants for small bird habitat provides food, shelter and nesting sites for our beautiful native birds. Remember to plant a mix of tall, soft native plants, protective native, spikey plants and native shrubs and ground covers.
Bees are a key part of our environment as they pollinate our native bushland, local gardens and food crops. Australia has over 1,500 species of native bee with around 200 different species found in Sydney. Worldwide bee numbers are reducing as they are impacted by the effects of disease, pests and chemicals.Thankfully our native bees are not being impacted by the diseases affecting the Apis honeybees.
Almost all our native bees in Sydney are solitary bees that live individually, nesting in hollow stems, old borer holes and dead tree branches. Tetragonula carbonaria is the only species of native bee in Woollahra Council area that live in hives. These bees are stingless, live in a community of 6,000-10,000 bees and have a hive structure similar to that of the Apis honeybee, including a queen, workers and drones.
Our plans: Woollahra Council plans to install a hive of the stingless native bees Tetragonula carbonaria at one of our reserves in Spring 2018.
How can you help conserve our native bees?
- Plant flowering native plants to support native bee species.
- Avoid or minimise insecticide use. If using insecticides use them when bees are less likely to be moving around, for example during the coldest part of the day or night.
- Set up a hive of native bees in your backyard. Several suppliers offer hives for sale in Sydney.
For more information about native bees visit the Aussie Bee website.
For information on introduced honey bees and what to do if bee swarms or hives become problematic visit our native animals and wildlife page.