Regional studies

DPIE has conducted a number of regional biodiversity studies in the Greater Sydney Area.

Regional studies cover a broad geographic area. All existing information about flora and/or fauna is pulled together to build a regional picture of conservation issues for use in planning and management.

Greater Southern Sydney

A large study covering the entire southern Blue Mountains, south-west Sydney and northern Illawarra, this project mapped fauna habitats, corridors and prioritised threatened species for conservation action. You can download a general audience report or accompanying technical reports. A companion project for the fauna of Greater Northern Sydney is planned for the near future.

Reports

Technical Report Volume 1: Background 

Technical Report Volume 2: Fauna of Conservation Concern and Priority Pest Species

These reported were completed as part of the Threatened and Pest Animals of Greater Southern Sydney project.

Download the report.

Illawarra

This bioregional assessment study covered the Illawarra north of Lake Illawarra. Detailed vegetation mapping and fauna assessment, including habitat modelling are included in the reports. Digital copies of the reports and GIS layers of habitat models and vegetation mapping are available from DPIE.

Reports to download

Native Vegetation of the Illawarra Escarpment and Coastal Plain

Fauna of the Illawarra Escarpment Coastal Plain and Plateau

Sydney Metropolitan CMA area

The Department has been involved in several flora and fauna studies in the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority Area. This catchment covers from Holsworthy to Narrabeen Lagoon, including all of the Georges River, Cooks and Parramatta River catchments.

Report to download

Rapid Fauna Assessment of the Sydney Metropolitan CMA Area - overview

Rapid Fauna Assessment of the Sydney Metropolitan CMA Area - profiles

Cumberland Plain

The Cumberland Plain of Western Sydney has multiple endangered ecological communities. These and other native vegetation have been analysed and mapped.

The maps and data are available from the SEED environmental data portal.

Western Blue Mountains

Detailed vegetation mapping of the Western Blue Mountains has been completed in the Capertee, Coxs, Jenolan and Gurnang areas. This was done for the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority.

Reports to download

The Vegetation of the Western Blue Mountains including the Capertee, Coxs, Jenolan and Gurnang Areas. Volume 1: Technical Report

The Vegetation of the Western Blue Mountains including the Capertee, Coxs, Jenolan and Gurnang Areas. Volume 2: Vegetation community profiles