The Sutherland Shire is home to a wide variety of native wildlife, including several Threatened Species. All native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals (except the dingo) are protected in NSW under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act). Threatened Species, such as the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) and Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) are considered vulnerable to extinction in NSW and therefore afforded stronger levels of protection under state and - in the case of the Grey-headed Flying-fox - federal legislation.
As a rule, Council does not interfere with the natural behaviours of native wildlife. Where possible, we encourage residents to live alongside native animals, to enjoy their company, but avoid feeding them human 'convenience' foods such as bread and honey, which can impact on their health. Instead, residents can plant native trees and shrubs to attract birds and animals and create a natural food source. Bird baths and water dishes can make all the difference to a thirsty animal on a hot day. For more information on creating a haven in your backyard, read our blog post on Creating a Wildlife B&B.