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Native vegetation is crucial for the heath of the Northern Beaches environment and the wellbeing of our community. Native vegetation also; controls erosion through protecting soils and creek banks, reduces land degradation, improves water quality and provides habitat for a wealth of biodiversity including threatened species. 

The Northern Beaches support a rich diversity of native vegetation communities. The local national parks, although extensive, do not conserve the full range of local biodiversity. Effective long-term conservation of biodiversity across the beaches will be dependent to a large extent on protection and management of native vegetation outside the parks. Northern Beaches Council will play a role in this process.

Vegetation communities contain a diverse mix of plants and healthy habitat which is critical for the long-term survival of our native animals.  Each community has a characteristic suite of plant growth forms and species. The bushland on the Northern Beaches contain a diverse range of vegetation communities, including some Threatened Ecological Communities, and Council is committed to protecting them. 

What is a Threatened Ecological Community?

Threatened ecological community is a term used in Australia for ecosystems that are in danger of being lost due to some threatening processes. These areas are a naturally occurring group of native plants, animals and other organisms that are interacting in a unique habitat. Its structure, composition and distribution are determined by environmental factors such as soil type, position in the landscape, altitude, climate and water availability.

The purpose of listing threatened ecosystems is to primarily reduce the rate of ecosystem and species extinction. This includes preventing further degradation and loss of structure, function and composition of threatened ecosystems. One the Northern Beaches there are 12 threatened ecological communities.

Threatened Ecological Communities on the Northern Beaches