Kempsey Shire has an abundance of unique Australian animal and plant species that are a valuable part of the region’s biodiversity. However, a number of these species are threatened with extinction or belong to endangered ecological communities.
In New South Wales, threatened plant and animal species are species listed as ‘critically endangered’, ‘endangered’ or ‘vulnerable’ under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 or the Fisheries Management Act 1994.
A variety of threats affect these species and contribute to their risk of extinction, including clearing of habitat, pollution, over-harvesting, introduced species and natural disasters such as bushfires.
Kempsey Shire Council works with other government agencies and the community to reduce the threats affecting these species and improve or increase their habitats where possible.
Threatened animals in the region include:
Threatened plants in the region include:
Endangered ecological communities in the region include:
For a complete list of threatened species found in our region, visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s website
There are many ways you can help protect our local wildlife, habitats and plant species.
If you see a threatened animal or plant, report it to the NSW Government’s Environment Line on 1300 361 967 or by emailing email@example.com.
Local rescue groups collect and care for injured or orphaned native animals. If you find an injured animal, contact:
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provides information on how to help wildlife during emergencies such as bushfires.
As habitats for threatened species decrease, you can help by making your garden or property wildlife-friendly. The Backyard Buddies website tells you how to create habitat for a variety of species.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provides advice to landowners on conserving or creating habitat on your land.
You can make a donation or get involved in the Saving our Species program