Biodiversity is the variety of all living things on earth

We need biodiversity to make sure we have clean air to breathe, healthy food to eat and fresh water to drink. The health of our environment directly affects our own health. Simply put, biodiversity is very important.

Biodiversity is lost when we cause damage to our environment such as the change of land use, polluting water ways, taking more from our environment than we need, spread of pest species and climate change.

What is Council doing to increase and protect local biodiversity?:

What can you do?:

  • Plant a range of plants in your garden to provide habitat including:
    • Native plants
    • Plants with flowers
    • Plants of different shapes and heights
  • Provide homes or safe places for animals in your backyard including:
    • Rock gardens for lizards to shelter
    • Bee or bird baths
  • Keep your pet cat inside, especially overnight
  • Leave dead or fallen timber in place, including on roadsides. Purchase firewood from a reputable dealer or make an application to  collect from a NSW State Forest
  • Join your local Landcare group to get involved in local projects
  • Contact WIRES if you come across a sick or injured animal

Threatened species, populations and ecological communities found in the Wagga Wagga LGA

The table below identifies species at risk within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area. Efforts should be made for the protection and restoration of habitats that support these species.

Common NameScientific Name Legal Status
Amphibians (Frogs)
Booroolong Frog Litoria booroolongensis E
Sloane's Froglet Crinia sloanei V
Southern Bell Frog Litoria raniformis E
Striped Legless Lizard Delma impar V
Western Blue-tongued Lizard Tiliqua occipitalis V
Eastern False Pipistrelle Falsistrellus tasmaniensis
Eastern Bentwing-bat Miniopterus schreibersii V
Greater Long-eared Bat Nyctophilus timoriensis V
Grey-headed Flying-fox Pteropus poliocephalus V
Inland Forest Bat Vespadelus baverstocki V
Koala Phascolarctos cinereus V
Large-footed Myotis Myotis macropus V
Spotted-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus V
Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis E
Yellow-bellied Sheathtail-bat Saccolaimus flaviventris V
Barking Owl Ninox connivens V
Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon V
Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptis gularis gularis V
Black Falcon Falco subniger V
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis V
Brolga Grus rubicunda V
Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus victoriae V
Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius E
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea E
Diamond Firetail Stagonop/eura guttata V
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus cyanopterus V
Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea V
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa V
Gang-gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum V
Gilbert's Whistler Pachycephala inornata V
Glossy Black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus /athami V
Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucos V
Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus tempora/is tempora/is V
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucul/ata cucul/ata V
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides V
Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusil/a V
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo Cacatua leadbeateri V
Masked Owl Tyto novaeholliandiae V
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua V
Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia E
Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang V
Speckled Warbler Pyrrholaemus sagittata V
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis V
Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura V
Superb Parrot Polyte/is swainsonii V
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolour E
Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella V
Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera V
White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons V
Fish and Crayfish
Macquarie Perch Macquaria australasica E
Murray Hardyhead Craterocephalus fluviatilis CE
Murray Crayfish Euastacus armatus V
Silver Perch Bidyanus bidyanus V
Southern Pygmy Perch Nannoperca australis E
Trout Cod Maccullochella macquariensis E
Claypan Daisy Brachycome muelleroides V
Mossgiel Daisy Brachycome papillosa V
Pine Donkey Orchid Diuris tricolour V
Woolly Ragwort Senecio garlandii V
Yass Daisy Ammobium craspedioides V
Ecological Communities
White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Woodland E
Fuzzy Box Woodland E
Inland Grey Box Woodland E
Myall Woodland E
Aquatic Ecological Community in Natural Drainage System of Lower Murray River Catchment E
Eel-tailed Catfish in the Murray Darling Basin Tandanus tandanus E
Purple Spotted Gudgeon Mogurnda adspersa E
Squirrel Glider in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area Petaurus norfolcensis E

Sources: Database records from: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; Industry and Investment NSW, Primary Industries Fishing and Aquaculture.


CE Critically Endangered
E Endangered
v Vulnerable