Illawarra Escarpment and Coastal Plain - Bioregional Assessment Part 2

This bioregional assessment covers the escarpment and foothills of the Wollongong local government area. Completed in August 2002, the assessment includes:

  • habitat maps and profiles for 51 threatened animal species in the region
  • mapping of all threatened ecological communities in the Wollongong local government area
  • details of wildlife corridors stretching from Macquarie Pass to Royal National Park, and from Lake Illawarra to the Illawarra Escarpment
  • classifications, descriptions and photographs of 54 different plant communities, from coastal grasslands to subtropical rainforests.

Housing and agriculture have degraded many of the Wollongong area's natural environments. However, these reports show that the remaining pockets of bushland provide habitat for a large number of species. An extensive survey program found more than 700 plant species and 220 animal species in the area, including 64 threatened species. The surveys also uncovered 13 threatened ecological communities.

The bioregional assessment is available in two parts:

1. Native vegetation of the Illawarra Escarpment and Coastal Plain

This describes and maps all native plant communities across the Illawarra Escarpment and Coastal Plain, including threatened ecological communities. It includes an electronic geographic information systems (GIS) data layer.

Native vegetation of the Illawarra Escarpment and Coastal Plain (PDF, 7.09MB)

2. Fauna of the Illawarra Escarpment, Coastal Plain and Plateau

This deals with faunal assemblages, the impacts of disturbance, and corridors and linkages within the study area. It includes species profiles for 51 priority species, including threatened species. Electronic GIS layers are also provided, including records, and where relevant, predicted habitats of priority species, faunal assemblages and linkages.

Fauna of the Illawarra Escarpment, Coastal Plain and Plateau (PDF, 6.4MB)


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Page last updated: 17 March 2014