Doodle Comer Swamp Nature Reserve. S Cohen DECCW

Did you know?

About 82 per cent of the mammals in NSW and 93 per cent of frogs are found nowhere else in the world?

Nature conservation

Australia is home to more than one million species of native plants and animals, many of which are found only in Australia. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is responsible for protecting and conserving biodiversity in NSW. Over the past 200 years, the Australian environment has been modified dramatically: in NSW there are more than 1000 native species, populations and ecological communities listed as threatened with extinction. OEH works with the other government agencies and the community to protect and reinvigorate our threatened species.

Biodiversity legislation

Calyptorhynchus banksii. J Nightingale/OEH

Review of legislative framework for threatened species and native vegetation management

Conserving biodiversity

Portulaca oleracea. T Auld/DECCW

Biodiversity is vital in supporting human life on Earth

Conservation programs

Major programs to encourage broad involvement in land conservation across NSW


Protected gums in Ellerslie NR. J Caldwell

A market-based offset scheme to support sustainable development

Native animals

Spadefoot toad. Michael Murphy

Protecting native animals and their environments

Native vegetation

Callistemon citrinus, Crimson bottlebrush

Protecting native vegetation and mitigating climate change

Animal and plant surveys

Grey-headed flying-fox

Biodiversity surveys record the plants and animals of an area

Atlas of NSW Wildlife

Glossy Black Cockatoo, Pilliga. MJ Murphy

Search the database for flora and fauna sightings across NSW

Wildlife licences

Thick-tailed Gecko. J Herder

Licences to keep, research or transport native animals

Threatened species

Brush tailed rock wallaby resting on rock ledge

Species recovery, threat abatement and community education programs

Geodiversity, karst and caves

Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve

Rocks, minerals and soils, including limestone environments

Landscapes and soils

Sodic soil, extreme soil gully erosion. A Rawson/D

Protecting stable, healthy and productive landscapes and soils

Protected areas

Bare Bluff Walk, Moonee Beach Nature Reserve

How parks protect habitats and ecosystems, plants and animals


Bush fire. M Lauder/DECCW

Fire management and research

How you can help

Volunteers on Montague Island. S Cohen/DECCW

Conservation volunteer programs for schools, communities and landholders

Feature item

Saving NSW threatened species

Saving our Species is the NSW Government’s new program to secure as many of these species as possible in the wild for the next 100 years. Find out more

Page last updated: 01 May 2015