Threatened Species Day


Threatened Species Day is commemorated on 7 September each year and is a day is when we turn the spotlight on native plants, animals, and ecosystems that are under threat and reflect on how we can protect them into the future.

The day also celebrates the amazing work that is being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts.

Walk See Play

A 2020 Threatened Species Day and Biodiversity Month Initiative.

In 2020, Council is partnering with the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program to deliver the Walk See Play initiative. This self-directed initiative asks participants to keep an eye out for and photograph biodiversity tracks, traces and habitat features while they walk along trails in bushland reserves and national parks.

What to look for;

  • Animal tracks and scratches
  • Feather
  • Flaking bark
  • Leaf litter
  • Water plants
  • Tree hollows
  • Flower
  • New Plant Growth

Curious why the above list is important? Have a read here to find out more information about them.

How to Participate

During September, visitors to participating Southern Highlands bushland reserves and National Parks will be able to use the Walk See Play web app to photograph three or more over the above listed tracks, traces or habitat features. 

By participating in the Walk See Play initiative they will receive more information about biodiversity, threatened species and related projects happening in the Southern Highlands.

Keep an eye out for Walk See Play signs at Cecil Hoskings Nature Reserve, Mt Gibraltar Reserve, Echo Point (Morton National Park), Gibbergunyah Reserve, Mansfield Reserve, Bong Bong Common, River Bend Reserve, Robertson Nature Reserve and Carrington Falls.

Walk See Play Interactive Map

Complementing the nature play game's narrative of observing and understanding habitat features, is an interactive map that allows you to get more information about Threatened Ecological Communities.

What is a Threatened Ecological Community (TEC)?

An ecological community is a naturally occurring group of native plants, animals and other organisms living in a unique habitat. A healthy ecological community is vital for their survival.

Some ecological communities are threatened and at risk of extinction.

This interactive map the can provide users with information about Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs) that are found within Southern Highlands bushland reserves and National Parks.

Past Events in the Southern Highlands

Great Western Wildlife Corridor - Glossy Black Cockatoo Count

Sat 8 & Sun 9 September

Help us gain a better understanding of the local glossy black-cockatoo population by heading out for a weekend of bird watching! By surveying for glossies across the landscape within a set timeframe, we can get an accurate measure of the local population. Help us get a snapshot of the glossy black-cockatoo population by heading out on your private property or local bushland reserve anywhere between Bullio and Bungonia.

Koala Talk at Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre

11am Saturday 9 September

The Southern Highlands has the largest koala population in southern NSW, with over 3000 koalas calling the region home. To celebrate Threatened Species Day, the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre will be hosting a presentation by Joe Stammers from the Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project, who will be discussing how we can all work together to ensure there is a healthy and breeding koala population in the region for many years to come.

More information: Tel: 4887 7270

Guided Walk - Penrose State Forest

Friday April 7 - 9:30am to 12noon

Southern Highlanders are invited to a guided walk through Penrose State Forest. Join staff from the Office of Environment and Heritage and Penrose Swamp Conservation Group as we look out for some of the rare plants and animals that call it home. The walk will be ~ 5km and require a moderate level of fitness.

Meet at Penrose Community Hall

What to bring: Appropriate field clothes, a snack and water