Nature and Waterways
As the ‘bush capital’ Canberra is fortunate to host some of the most amazing wildlife and landscapes in Australia. But the triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate change, and pollution means that we have more to lose than ever before.
Over 100 Australian species are now listed as either extinct or extinct in the wild. Across the country, there are more non-native plants than native ones. Rivers, the lifeblood of inland landscapes like Canberra are drying up, and land is being cleared at alarming rates.
The ACT is not immune to this. Approximately 6.2% of Canberra’s mature trees have been removed in the past 5 years; our beloved faunal emblem, the Gang-gang Cockatoo is endangered; and our natural areas are at increasing risk of pest plants and animals.
Join us in working to protect our region’s amazing nature
Keen to get involved? Join the Biodiversity Working Group
Biodiversity Working Group is chaired by Hugh Coppell and meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5.30pm. Biodiversity Working Group is open to anyone interested in biodiversity including member groups, staff and board members. To become involved please contact Elle.
It is exciting to say that 23rd July 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Black Mountain becoming a conservation reserve. It is even more exciting to say that Ian Fraser and Rosemary Purdie have written a wonderful book, Black Mountain a natural history of a Canberra icon,...
18th June 2020 MEDIA RELEASE Assembly support on trees welcome The Conservation Council ACT Region has welcomed the shared focus from Members of the Legislative Assembly on Canberra’s urban forest and trees today, as it reflects the community’s desire to see a...
New analysis finds that pet cats are efficient hunters. Send an email to Minister Steel calling for city-wide cat containment by 2025.
Nature reserves have been in hot demand since the COVID-19 lockdown began. Yet new urban developments are still being built too close to areas that need protection. This World Environment Day, we need to reevaluate our relationship with the natural spaces right outside our doors.
Recovery planning and on-ground recovery efforts are still underway in Namadgi National Park despite disruptions as a result of the virus outbreak, and the role of community will continue to play an important part in recovery efforts.
On Friday 6th March, Maddie Clegg, biodiversity campaigner from the Conservation Council, attended an assessment tour of Namadgi National Park, to see first-hand the impact of the fires this summer. The visit brought together representatives from local member groups,...