Nature conservation

Threatened species

Moist Shale Woodland in the Sydney Basin Bioregion



Saving our Species strategy

This ecological community has been assigned to the Ecological community (widespread) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This is a threatened ecological community.

Conservation status

Management objectives

The SoS strategy aims to maximise the viability of the ecological community and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Management areas and sites across NSW

Critical actions for this ecological community

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed ecological communities are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this ecological community are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Highlight the importance of the TEC and, through local education programs, encourage residents to manage the TEC appropriately with minimal disturbance. Site, Area
Increase connectivity between reserves and private properties and create buffer zones around each to reduce the urban and peri-urban interface. Restore, rehabilitate and revegetate areas around reserves to create connectivity and increase the buffer zones of native vegetation around each area. Site, Area
Investigate opportunities for establishing conservation agreements (voluntary or wildlife refuge agreements) or Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements with private land owners. Site, Area
Encourage land owners to adopt appropriate grazing regimes and to revegetate disturbed areas with TEC indigenous species. Site, Area
Undertake appropriate weed control activities to reduce African olive distribution through remnants as well as other mentioned Weeds of National Significance listed under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. Site, Area
Undertake targeted investigations of the TEC to gain better knowledge of the distribution of the community and produce a vegetation map with greater accuracy of the distribution of the TEC in the landscape. Site, Area
Update district bushfire plans, Rural Fire Service Hazard Reduction Burn Threatened Species List (Category 3) and other bushfire related legalisation, procedures or documents relating to the TEC and optimal fire thresholds, accurate distribution mapping and research information. Site, Area
Liaise with Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Western Sydney Parklands Trust to develop and implement ecological burn regimes based on the recommended fire requirements. Conduct ecological burn trials at Western Sydney Parklands to assist with fire research. Site, Area
Undertake erosion mapping and implement staged bush regeneration and soil stabilisation techniques to counter erosion. Site, Area
Undertake bank stabilisation works using appropriate techniques when conducting any restoration or management of the TEC. Site, Area
Work with Local Land Services, councils, community groups and landowners to develop and implement a Best Practice Bush Regeneration guide for the TEC. Site, Area
Actively remove dumped illegal waste from patches of the TEC across the site. Site, Area
Provide local landowners with information about using and managing agricultural pollution within the TEC, creek lines and surrounding remnant vegetation. Site, Area
Work with councils, landowners, Local Land Services and the Environmental Protection Agency to discourage the use agricultural pollutants close to, and the dumping of into, waterways surrounding the TEC. Site, Area
Coordinate with local land owners, land managers, Local Land Services and Rural Lands for implementation of pest management controls for fox, deer and rabbit. Site, Area
Install livestock exclusion fencing (fencing should be native fauna passage friendly e.g. no barb wire, chain mail etc.) around TEC remnants (particularly on steep slopes) and encourage appropriate grazing strategies in surrounding areas e.g. rotating stock to prevent overgrazing in single paddocks etc. Site, Area
Liaise with Local Land Services, Rural Lands, Councils and landowners to educate about appropriate grazing regimes to protect the TEC. Site, Area
Recommend using restoration appropriate species to reduce effect from Psyllids in the TEC to local bush regeneration companies, volunteer groups, Councils and Local Land Services. Site, Area
Investigate the cause and compounding impacts of dieback in Eucalyptus canopy species in this TEC. Site, Area

How will this ecological community be managed?

Key management sites for this ecological community are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, 1 management site has been identified for this ecological community.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Mulgoa Nature Reserve Contributing site (regional priority)Proposed Penrith 

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this ecological community or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened ecological communities and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.