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Cute, furry, venomous, dangerous, threatened, freshwater and marine - the Northern Beaches is home to a large variety of native species.

Find out what lives where, how to protect them and how to encourage wildlife visitors into your garden.

Send details and photos of wildlife sightings (particularly of threatened species) in the Northern Beaches to species.sightings@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.

Injured, unwell or orphaned animals

If you find an injured, unwell or orphaned native animal, please call a licensed wildlife rescue organisation such as Sydney Wildlife (9413 4300) or WIRES (1300 094 737) for advice and instruction.

If the animal is a flying-fox (also known as a fruit-bat) or another species of bat, please do not handle the animal but contact Sydney Wildlife or WIRES who will send a trained wildlife carer to respond.

Marine animals

If you come across a large seabird or marine animal such as a seal, sea turtle, dolphin, shark or whale on a local beach that may require protection or care, please contact Council on 1300 434 434. If possible, please take note of whether the animal appears to be in distress or is simply resting. This will allow us to determine whether the animal needs specialist care from an organisation such as ORRCA or Australian Seabird Rescue.

Deceased animals

Please contact Council on 1300 434 434 to report any deceased animals that may pose a public health and safety risk (e.g. large animals on a busy beach or road).

Threatened animals

Australia is home to many species unique to this country but many of our animals are endangered.

Common and locally significant animals

The Northern Beaches is home to over 400 species of native animals and they are all protected. It’s against the law to harm them.

Aquatic animals

The Northern Beaches is home to beautiful aquatic creatures. In most instances, you’ll be able to see them in their natural environment.

Dangerous animals

There are native animals living on the Northern Beaches that are dangerous and may cause you serious harm if encountered and disturbed.

Photo by Nicole Wedlock

Possum removal

Follow these steps and guidelines to carefully remove possums from roof cavities if you need to and share our urban environment.