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The Shoalhaven region is particularly rich in flora (plants) species and a wide variety of habitat types, due to large intact natural areas that stretch from the escarpment to the coast.
Council has management actions to preserve these environments to help maintain these habitats.
There are 153 threatened species and 16 endangered ecological communities (EECs) known to occur in the Shoalhaven.
Of the 153 threatened species 46 are classified as plants.
Of the 46 threatened plant species 39 are listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and 33 are listed under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.
All 16 EECs known to occur in the Shoalhaven are listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and 11 are listed under the federal EPBC Act 1999.
Development applications are required to address impacts on threatened species and biodiversity in accordance with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 requirements.
The Shoalhaven region is also a hot spot for threatened orchids, many of them unique to this area.
View the full list of known threatened species in the Shoalhaven:
Learn how you can help protect threatened species and preserve endangered ecological communities in the Shoalhaven.