Biodiversity in Georges River

Georges River Council commissioned a Biodiversity Study of the Georges River LGA in 2020. The Biodiversity Study aimed to identify the key biodiversity values within the LGA by assessing the diversity of flora and fauna present, analysing historical changes and identifying key opportunities to protect and conserve biodiversity. Council completed and adopted the 2021 Biodiversity Study on 28 June 2021 See documents

• 113 native species were recorded. The most diverse fauna group were birds, of which 87 species were recorded.
• 8 threatened fauna species were recorded during the surveys.
• A Grey-headed Flying-fox camp is located in Oatley, within Myles Dunphy Reserve, this threatened species is frequently observed across the LGA.
• The LGA has various habitat types present including dry and moist forests, intertidal areas and wetlands.
• The diversity of fauna species has generally decreased over time, this is likely due to increased development and pressures of introduced predatory species

Threatened species
• Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
• Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)
• White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
• Southern Myotis (Myotis macropus)
• Greater Broad-nosed Bat (Scoteanax rueppellii)
• Eastern Coastal Free-tailed Bat (Micronomus norfolkensis),
• Large Bent-winged Bat (Miniopterus orianae oceanensis),
• Little Bent-winged Bat (Miniopterus australis)