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Endangered Ecological Communities in Lane Cove


The Lane Cove municipality has six vegetation communities that are listed as endangered ecological communities under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. Two communities (Blue Gum High Forest and Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest) are also listed as critically endangered ecological communities under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity conservation Act 1999.

Additionally, one fungi plant community of conservation significance also occurs in the Lane Cove area. the Hygrocybeae Community of Lane Cove Bushland Park which is also listed as an endangered ecological community under the TSC act.

For more detailed information view:

Native Vegetation of the Lane Cove Council LGA Report

and the accompanying maps:

LCC Native Vegetation Maps (large file 482mb)

Estuarine Salt Marsh

Coastal Saltmarsh is an Endangered Ecological Community found along the Lane Cove Estuary. It occurs in the intertidal zone on the shores of estuaries and lagoons that are permanently or intermittently open to the sea. In Lane Cove, this vegetation is frequently found on the landward side of mangrove stands, though mangroves can occasionally be found scattered through saltmarsh areas. To find out more about saltmarsh along the Lane Cove Estuary, refer to the reports and maps below.

Lane Cove Estuary Saltmarsh Map 1

Lane Cove Estuary Saltmarsh Map 2

Lane Cove Estuary Saltmarsh Map 3

Lane Cove Estuary Saltmarsh Map 4

Lane Cove Estuary Saltmarsh Site Assessments

Saltmarsh Planning Manual

Saltmarsh Monitoring Manual

Saltmarsh Plant Identification

Estuarine Swamp Oak Forest

Occurs on the fringe of the Lane Cove River Estuary, normally slightly above the tidal inundation zone. There are several remnant patches totalling 3.7ha. It typically forms a band between Esturine Saltmarsh or Mangrove Forest and terresttrial vegetation communities.

Coastal Freshwater Swamp Forest

Occurs on a small and low lying plain, slightly above the tidal inundation area. It is subject to waterlogging from fresh to slightly saline water. Only one small remnant of 0.3ha occurs in the Lane cove LGA and all but the center of this is ecotonal with other communities.

Coastal Escarpment Littoral Rainforest

Occurs along the riparian zone of almost all creeks in the Lane Cove area totalling 7ha generally on clay soils derived fromshale layers. The majority of Lane Cove sites possess a tall schlerophyllusoverstorey with at least one of the following species: Blue Gum, Blackbutt and/or Turpentine. As such this community is closely alligned to Blue Gum High Forest and Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest.

Blue Gum High Forest

Occurs in just 2 locations totalling 1.2ha. This vegetation community would have once covered considerable areas of the now urbanised shale caps. There is less than five percent of the original Blue Gum High Forest left in the Sydney basin bioregion and it is listed as critically endangered under Commenwealth law to help prevent further decline.

Typical threats to this vegetation community in the Lane Cove LGA are urban run-off (which leads to increased nutrients and sedimentation), weed invasion, and innapropriate fire regimes (which have altered the appropriate floristic and structural diversity).

Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest

Only small areas remain totalling 6.3ha on the edges of Blue Gum High Forest, Coastal Escarpment Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Enriched Sandstone Forest. It is also listed under Commonwealth law as being critically endangered and suffers similar threats to Blue Gum High Forest.

Hygrocybeae Community of Lane Cove Bushland Park

Thanks to the excellent work of Ray and Elma Kearney, there has been an extremely significant discovery in Lane Cove Bushland Park. At least 27 species of Hygrocybeae fungi discoverd in the area have given rise to the community being declared endangered under state legislation. In addition to this, Lane Cove Bushland Park has also been listed on the Register of the National Estate by the Commonwealth Heritage Commission as a site of national significance.


Bullet PointBushland in Lane Cove

Bullet PointValues of Bushland

Bullet PointThreats to Bushland

Bullet PointBushwalking in Lane Cove

Bullet PointBushfire Protection

Bullet PointBush Regeneration Program

Bullet Point Bushcare Progam

Bullet Point Fauna list for Lane Cove


Lane Cove River

Estuarine Salt Marsh

Bushland park

Turpentines at Batten Reserve

Hygrocybe collucera