Threatened species

Threatened species
Several species found around Canterbury Bankstown are unfortunately threatened or endangered. Find out about them here. Threatened Species canterbury bankstown Several species found around Canterbury Bankstown are unfortunately threatened or endangered. Find out about them and the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.  

​Threatened plant species

Within the bushland remnants our city there are around 1,360 plant species. 

There are 13 plants listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act (NSW 1995):

Scientific name Common name Status

Acacia pubescens 

Downy wattle, hairy-stemmed wattleVulnerable
Caesia parviflora variety minor Endangered

Callistemon linearifolius

Bottle Brush Variety Vulnerable

Deyeuxia appressa

 Endangered

Epacris purpurascens variety purpurascens

 Vulnerable

Leucopogon exolasius

 Vulnerable

Persoonia nutans

Nodding GeebungEndangered

Pimelea spicata 

Rice flower variety Endangered

Pterostylis saxicola

Sydney Plains Greenhood Endangered

Pultenaea pedunculata

Matted Bush-Pea Endangered

Wilsonia backhousei

 Vulnerable

Tylophora woollsii

 Endangered

Marsdenia viridiflora subspecies viridiflora

Native Pear Endangered population
There are also three endangered populations listed. There is one of Pomaderris prunifolia (Plum-leaf Pomaderris), one of Marsdenia viridiflora subspecies viridiflora (Native Pear) and one of Wahlenbergia multicaulis (Tadgell's Bluebell). 
The National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has also identified an additional 63 species that are considered to be of particular regional significance, and 265 species that are vulnerable or inadequately conserved in Western Sydney.  

Birds

In 1984 Nordstrom undertook a bird survey that identified 207 bird species of which 25% were rare to Bankstown. This survey was repeated in 1997 by Nordstrom, Mackay and others, at which time they recorded 232 bird species in Bankstown. Forty species of birds have increased their range and population since 1984 and thirty species of birds have not been recorded since 1984. This overall increase in bird species may be the result of both the ongoing native tree planting program in Council parks and the increased popularity of native plants in private gardens. 
The greatest diversity of bird species is found where there are extensive bushland reserves and corridors, such as the Kelso Creek (76%) and Georges River (75%) catchments. Where there is a lack of native vegetation in Bankstown's northern suburbs, the lowest bird species diversity is recorded in the Duck River catchment (22%). 
23 bird species have been listed by the NPWS as regionally significant species, seven of which are listed on the China-Australia Migratory Birds Agreement (CAMBA) and the Japan-Australia Migratory Birds Agreement (JAMBA). Additionally, two endangered and eight vulnerable bird species listed under the NSW Threatened Species Act have been sighted in Bankstown by Nordstrom and Mackay, these are listed below:
  • Australasian Bittern (vulnerable);
  • Black Bittern (vulnerable)​;
  • Black-chinned Honeyeater (vulnerable);
  • Bush Stone-Curlew (endangered);
  • Flesh-footed Shearwater (vulnerable);
  • Freckled Duck (vulnerable);
  • Glossy Black Cockatoo (vulnerable);
  • Olive Whistler (vulnerable);
  • Osprey (vulnerable);
  • Pink Robin (vulnerable);
  • Powerful Owl (vulnerable);
  • Regent Honeyeater (endangered);
  • Speckled Warbler (vulnerable);
  • Square-tailed Kite (vulnerable);
  • Swift Parrot (endangered); and 
  • Turquoise parrot (vulnerable).

​Other animals

  • Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea) is listed as an endangered species under the Threatened Species Conservation Act (TSCA) and has been recorded at Coxs Creek, Greenacre.​
  • Common Bent-wing Bat (Miniopterus schreibersii) is listed as a vulnerable species under the TSCA and has been recorded as roosting at Potts Hill Reservoir. 
  • Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is listed as a vulnerable species under the TSC Act and is known to occur in the Bankstown area. 
  • Cumberland Plain Large Land Snail (Meridolum corneovirens) is listed as an endangered species under the TSCA and is also known to occur in the Bankstown area. 

Endangered Ecological Communities (EEC)

There are seven Endangered Ecological Communities in Canterbury Bankstown, which are gazetted under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act (TSC Act 1995). 
These include:
  • ​Cumberland Plain Woodland;
  • Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest;
  • Shale/Gravel Transition Forest;
  • Cooks River/Castlereagh Ironbark Forest;
  • Shale/Sandstone Transition Forest;
  • River Flat Eucalypt Forest; and 
  • Coastal Saltmarsh. 
While these are our listed ecological communities it does not make our other communities any less precious. Mangroves along both the Cooks and Georges Rivers are susceptible to pollution and climate change 

Cont​act

For more information, contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.