April 3, 2017

Connected Corridors for Biodiversity

Greener cities can result in reduced stress, improved cognitive development in children, reduced mental fatigue and reduced crime - to name but a few of the many benefits' (Professor Sarah Bekessy from RMIT).  Unfortunately, the growth and development of cities has resulted in less natural areas. In cities, these areas appear as isolated and disconnected pockets of greenery and corridors.

In the Eastern Suburbs these corridors are fragmented and cross over private land and streets. The Connected Corridors for Biodiversity map has been endorsed by different Sydney Councils including Waverley Council. The map covers 17 Councils along the Sydney Coastal Corridor stretching from Palm Beach to the Royal National Park and as far west as Strathfield Council.

Using the map is really easy, just do an address search and the map will tell you if your property is within our key habitat corridor – The Coastal Corridor. You can also see habitat linkages between the coast and Queens Park and Waverley Park and Cooper Park.

There is a strong role for Council and private residents to improve habitat in these locations. This is through increased tree canopy as well as a greater amount of vegetation, food-providing plants and shelter at the mid-story and ground level. This habitat can support a range of animals from insects, through to birds, reptiles, flying foxes and possums.

So what can you do to help?
- Create your own habitat by joining our Habitat Stepping Stones program.

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