Why is Biodiversity so important in Byron Shire?

Byron Shire is in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia, so we have a lot to look after.

  • Our Shire is home to more species of marsupials and bats than anywhere else in Australia, and as many frog species as the Wet Tropics.
  • Our hinterland has one of the last remaining refuges of the ancient Gondwanan rainforests that have grown in Australia for 40 million years.
  • Our coastal wetlands are a food supply for migratory birds from all over the world.
  • Even small remnants of bushland provide habitat for threatened species including orchids, koalas and Mitchell’s rainforest snail.

Many of the things we do every day impact on biodiversity, locally and globally, and we all need to work together to protect our natural environment.

Even if you don’t have a back yard, there are many things you can do to help protect and enhance biodiversity.

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The consultation on our Draft Byron Shire Biodiversity Conservation Strategy closed 20 May 2020.

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