The transition of Willoughby from bushland to a city has taken hundreds of years and nearly 90% of the land has now been cleared for development. This has meant that an unknown number of plants and animals are now extinct from the area. There used to be kangaroos, koalas and emus, but without a place to live they can no longer be found.
Bandicoots, sugar gliders, echidnas and diamond pythons can still be found, but they are quite rare and are only in half of the remaining bushland. Careful management is needed to ensure that they do not also become extinct from Willoughby.
You can help by reporting the animals and birds that you see through the Willoughby Wildlife Watch, by having a bush-friendly backyard, getting rid of weeds, and by helping restore and maintain the bushland we have here through Bushcare.
Volume 3 of the Bushland Plan of Management has a list of plants native to specific areas of Willoughby.
Each year Council holds the Willoughby Fauna Fair, an exciting event featuring games and activities for kids, information stalls about living with wildlife, free dog training, information on pet welfare and reducing our impact on wildlife, as well as exciting hands-on shows with Australian native animals
You can view images of local wildlife in our photo gallery, or read more in the Bushcare News.
Further information on native birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates that inhabit our bushland and urban landscapes is available in Willoughby’s Wildlife – a book describing where various animals are found, how they have adapted to the changing landscape, their habits and some of the threats to their survival. Also available is Birds of Willoughby which details a vast number of the feathered friends who have been spotted in our suburbs over the years. The Willoughby’s Wildlife and Birds of Willoughby books can be purchased for $20 from the Help and Service Centre, Level 4, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.