What species live in Heritage Estates?

Heritage Estates contains many native Australian plants and animals, and threatened species, including:

  • the Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus - endangered
  • the Eastern Pygmy-possum Cercartetus nanus - vulnerable
  • the Giant Burrowing Frog Heleioporus australiacus - vulnerable
  • the Eastern Ground Parrot Pezoporus wallicus wallicus - vulnerable
  • the Leafless Tongue Orchid Cryptostylis hunteriana - vulnerable (Pictured. Photo: Chris Grounds)
  • the Powerful Owl Ninox strenua - vulnerable
  • the Yellow-bellied Glider Petaurus australis - vulnerable

An endangered species is one facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future.

A vulnerable species is one facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium term future.

Endangered and vulnerable species are protected by state and / or commonwealth legislation.

This is why the important habitat at Heritage Estates needs to be conserved - so that the species that live there or use it have a better chance of survival.

Heritage Estates is an important place that helps maintain threatened species, including many that thrive in the nearby Jervis Bay and Booderee National Parks. This is why its protection is important.

But why does extinction matter?

Each species plays a role in its ecosystem, and the loss of a seemingly unimportant creature could have unforeseen consequences for ecosystems and people.

Conserving biodiversity, including our threatened species, comes down to maintaining life on earth as we know it.

Australia’s native plants and animals belong to all Australians. Can you imagine an Australia without Koalas, kookaburras, wombats, Echidnas, Platypuses and many other iconic species? These animals are part of our natural heritage, and they are an important part of what it means to be an Australian.

Eastern Bristlebirds live in and around Heritage Estates. Development would likely lead to their extinction from this area. Photo: Chris Charles.

Did you know that Australia has suffered the largest documented decline in biodiversity of any continent?

Biodiversity encompasses the total, intricate and interdependent web of life on earth—including plants, animals, micro-organisms, genes, and ecosystems.

Biodiversity is important. Australia’s air, water, forests, animals and plants have been valued by the CSIRO at worth more than $1,300 billion per year.

Healthy ecosystems provide you with clean air and water, food crops, pollination, protection from erosion and salinity, and so many other essentials that give us quality of life.

Since 1788, at least 50 species of our mammals and birds, and nearly 100 of our plant species have died out. Today, over 19 species of our fish, 16 species of our frogs, 16 species of our reptiles, 47 species of our birds, 39 species of our mammals, and 612 species of our plants are now facing a high risk of extinction.

Around 80% of this county’s native plant and animal species are found nowhere else on earth. If we lose them, they’re gone for good.

A vulnerable but magestic Powerful Owl - one of the many species found in Heritage Estates and nearby. Photo: Oz in OH (flickr).