Life on the land
Singleton is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna species, that include many rare species that live within restricted ranges. This means that even the slightest change to an ecosystem can have devastating effects, not only to individual species, but to the entire ecological community.
Within the Singleton LGA, there are approximately 20 threatened flora species, and more than 70 threatened fauna species such as:
- Bush Stone Curlew
- Diamond Firetail
- Grey-crowned Babbler
- Grey Headed Flying Fox
- Weeping Myall
Currently, humans impact the environment in a number of damaging ways, such as how we use the environment, pollution and mining activities.
Community supporting life on the land
While the issue of extinction and loss of biodiversity seems to be overwhelming for many, change starts at home through sustainable practices. By thinking sustainably, we can work together to ensure the continuation of Singleton's beautiful biodiversity.
Your backyard is always a great place to start! You can:
- Plant an indigenous garden which are resistant to pests and diseases and are more likely to attract local wildlife.
- Place a birdbath in your yard to help create a mosaic of sanctuaries all throughout Singleton, attracting birds, butterflies and frogs.
- Use compost in your garden to help promote friendly soil biology
- Provide ponds for native amphibians to call home.
- Build nest boxes in your backyard to help house some of our beautiful fauna. (Be sure not to encourage them with food though.)
Alternatively, there are a number of local volunteer groups that work in and around the community to assist in maintaining the local environment and its biodiversity. Not only are these groups important for the conservation of local ecological communities, but they are a valuable source of local knowledge and education, ensuring that local knowledge continues into the future.
Find out more about Volunteer Groups in Singleton:
Council supporting life on the land
Singleton Council will play an active role in the conservation and management of biodiversity, threatened species and endangered ecological communities (EECs). As land use planners, local government has a pivotal responsibility for planning and regulating many activities which may impact on threatened species and their communities.
In addition, implementation of the Sustainable Singleton Environmental Strategy and Action Plan will focus on Council's partnership with the community in minimising biodiversity loss.