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Southern Highland residents and visitors will often have the pleasure of living with and/or observing local biodiversity. Here you will find information about threatened fauna, habitat and corridors, private land conservation and creating homes for wildlife, as well as information about wildlife care, roadkill and pest animals.
The Wingecarribee Shire has over 3000 hectares of council managed bushland reserves. Bushland reserves include Mansfield Reserve, Mount Gibraltar and River Bend Reserve. Council’s Bushcare team help with revegetation, weed control and other conservation activities. Bushcare and Rivercare volunteers are vital to the success of these activities and complement the work of the Bushcare team.
The Southern Highlands has large intact vegetation corridors and patches of bushland on public and private land. This vegetation provides habitat for our local fauna as well as threatened flora and threatened ecological communities. When it comes to vegetation management or individual tree removal, it is important to review the content found on this page.
One of the key features of the Southern Highlands is our local waterways. Rivers like the Wingecarribee River provide habitat for aquatic species like the platypus and contribute to Sydney’s drinking water supply. Council coordinates water quality monitoring and the Waterwatch program to assess waterway health. We also prepare flood studies to assist with future planning and community safety.