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Bushland in Lane Cove

Values of Bushland​

Threats to Bushland​

Bushwalking in Lane Cove​
Bushfire Protection ​
Bush Regeneration Program ​
Bushcare Program

Fauna list for Lane Cove


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Lane Cove River


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Estuarine Salt Marsh


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Bushland park


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Turpentines at Batten Reserve


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Hygrocybe collucera


Endangered Ecological Communities


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


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 Estuarine Saltmarsh or Mangrove Forest and terrestrial 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 Local Government Area.

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 from shale layers. The majority of Lane Cove sites possess a tall schlerophyll canopy with at least one of the following species: Blue Gum, Blackbutt and/or Turpentine. As such this community is closely aligned 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 Commonwealth 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 inappropriate fire regimes (which have altered the appropriate floristic and structural diversity).

Best Practice Guidelines for Blue Gum High Forest

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.

Best Practice Guidelines for Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest

Hygrocybeae Community of Lane Cove Bushland Park

Thanks to the excellent work of Dr Ray and Elma Kearney (Sydney Fungal Studies Group Inc), there has been an extremely significant discovery in Lane Cove Bushland Park. At least 27 species of Hygrocybeae fungi discovered in the area have given rise to the community being declared critically 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.

Best Practice Guidelines of Hygrocybeae Fungi Community Lane Cove Bushland Park

Protecting and Restoring the Hygrocybeae Fungi Community Lane Cove Bushland Park