From the cute and adorable to the dangerous and even venomous, many of our Northern Beaches wild residents are either threatened, endangered or vulnerable species. Protecting these valuable animals and their habitats is vitally important and a major priority for our community.
You may find it surprising that, despite its close proximity to a bustling major Australian city, the Northern Beaches are a haven for rare and threatened wildlife.
Manly's iconic Little Penguins, and the Long-nosed Bandicoots of North Head, are both listed as endangered populations under the Threatened Species Conservation Act. Both of these local populations face threats from urban development, domestic and feral animals, road mortality, and human interference.
The local bat camp at Burnt Bridge Creek is dominated by the Grey-headed flying fox. These are listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act). Noisy and sometimes smelly, nonetheless these bats promote healthy ecosystems, and they’re beautiful little animals.
There are many other endangered animals and rare aquatic animals living among the human population of the Northern Beaches.
Our Coastal Environmental Centre provides education and information to promote a harmonious balance between our urban and wildlife populations.