Nature conservation


Cessnock Biodiversity Management Plan

The Cessnock Biodiversity Management Plan spatially identifies priority actions for threatened species recovery across the valley floor region of the Cessnock local government area

The A0 size poster-style plan is available for download (CessnockBMP.pdf, 1MB). The reverse side of the poster presents images for all 65 threatened entities occurring within the region (ThreatenedSpecies.pdf, 633KB).

Free hard copies can be requested through the Newcastle Office of Environment and Heritage.

Overview of the Plan

This Cessnock Biodiversity Management Plan provides an overview of current priorities for threatened species conservation across the valley floor region of the Cessnock local government area. It provides a dynamic regional approach to the delivery of recovery actions necessary to ensure the long-term viability of threatened species and ecological communities in the region.

The objective of the plan is to address the conservation needs of all 65 threatened entities occurring within the region. It attempts to achieve this by:

  • identifying a landscape conservation plan that highlights priority areas for conservation across the landscape and also opportunities for rehabilitation and revegetation
  • building upon existing threatened species recovery projects and complementing other threatened species protection mechanisms
  • identifying ‘local focus areas’ where the landscape conservation plan may not adequately address the conservation needs of particular threatened species
  • facilitating implementation of the landscape conservation plan through landscape facilitation projects.

Through identifying clear priorities and providing advice the Office of Environment and Heritage hopes to facilitate sound decision making and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of landholders, individuals, community groups, schools and other government departments in implementing threatened species recovery projects.

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The Cessnock BMP unites projects, past and present

The Cessnock BMP unifies a diverse range of projects both past and present under a common objective:

Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland Recovery Plan

OEH commenced a recovery project for the endangered Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland (KSSW) in 2005. An approved recovery plan for KSSW Recovery Plan was published in 2008, outlining actions required to ensure the survival of this endangered ecological community. Since then, many of the actions identified have been completed and the recovery program has achieved numerous on-ground outcomes and has initiated a number of projects, including the following three projects.

Vegetation of the Cessnock Kurri Region

A vegetation survey, classification and mapping program was undertaken during 2006-7 for the valley floor region of the Cessnock local government area. The project provided the baseline information necessary for this Cessnock Biodiversity Management Plan, with project outcomes including:

  • Maps of extant vegetation, pre-1750 vegetation, and vegetation condition across nearly 70,000 ha of land
  • Detailed information profiles for all 37 vegetation communities occurring in the project area, including nine threatened ecological communities

The GIS spatial data is available under licence from the OEH spatial data and download site.

The vegetation report is available on CD by contacting the Newcastle Office of Environment and Heritage.

Experimental Rehabilitation and Revegetation of Threatened Ecological Communities in the Lower Hunter

This collaborative project with the University of Newcastle aims to build capacity and understanding of how to most effectively rehabilitate and revegetate Threatened Ecological Communities in the Lower Hunter.

The report is available for download on the University of Newcastle website.

Threatened Species Teacher Resource Kit for Teachers of the Cessnock and Maitland Local Government Areas

This kit promotes experiential learning in the study of local threatened species through field work and other research such as surveying, mapping and computer activities. It targets school students and teachers but could also be used to help develop appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices in other groups and the broader community.

The kit includes lesson plans, information sheets (for both students and teachers), details of a suitable sites for school field excursions, student activity sheets, a range of images and maps, and also provides ideas on what schools and students can do to help conserve threatened species within the region. It was specially designed for primary schools in the Cessnock and Maitland Local Government Areas of the Lower Hunter Valley, although it could also be used by schools in other areas with reference to their own local threatened species.

The Teacher Resource Kit is available on CD by contacting the Newcastle Office of Environment and Heritage.

This kit can also be viewed on the Cessnock City Council Website.

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Recovery of the critically endangered plant Persoonia pauciflora

A draft Recovery Plan for Persoonia pauciflora (on public exhibition in 2012) provides an overview of past and current recovery actions for the critically endangered North Rothbury Persoonia.

A current NSW Environmental Trust funded project is facilitating habitat protection and rehabilitation across private and public lands within the North Rothbury Region. This project has resulted in a range of outcomes, including establishment of at least one Conservation Agreement on private property, and rehabilitation of 52 Ha of habitat and 5.5km of important road verge habitat. Future efforts will attempt to facilitate restoration and protection across a further 550 hectares of private property through a landholder education project.

Project resources developed as part of this project include:


Page last updated: 18 April 2016