Threatened Plant Species
Despite the diverse range of plants and animals found in the region, our biodiversity is declining. Threats from land clearing, development, urbanisation, population growth, pest species and climate change are placing our native plants and animals under increasing pressure and competition for survival.
On the Sunshine Coast, there are 91 plant and 68 animal species that are classed as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992.
In the Moreton Bay Region, 31 plant and 55 animal species that are listed as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Help Our Threatened speciesTry to include some of the threatened plant species or specific plant species required by threatened wildlife species in your garden. This will both assist in conserving and increasing the numbers of rare and threatened plants and also assist in the survival of wildlife species currently under threat from habitat loss.
However, not all of our threatened plants can be cultivated in nurseries and not all are suitable urban planting. Consult with your local native plant nursery specialist to see what species are available and suitable for your backyard garden.
The Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020, identifies the threatened plant species on the Sunshine Coast.
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Useful Tips and Facts
- Create urban wildlife corridors and stepping stones to larger local bushland or parkland areas.
- In nature there is no such thing as waste everything is linked and contributes to the cycle. As a plant reaches the end of its life cycle it is not discarded by nature, instead it provides habitat for animals and food for micro-organisms as it lies on the ground, the waste from the micro-organisms, bacteria and fungi feeding on it replace nutrients and organic material to the soil for new plants to grow.
- Plant local native species
- The best way to attract native wildlife to your backyard is to provide a variety of healthy natural foods in the form of seeds, leaves, flowers, nectar, pollen, fruits and nuts throughout the year.
- The use of pesticides and herbicides can damage your soils and kill non target species. The poisoning of insects with chemicals can also cause larger species relying on those insects as a food source to become sick or even die from eating poisoned insects.
- To create habitat for smaller native birds you can grow shrubs close together to create dense corners or pockets in your garden which will provide protection and refuge from larger aggressive birds such as noisy miners
- Wattles (Acacias). While most wattles only live between 6 - 10 years, they are an important pioneer species which colonise disturbed areas, where other plants find it hard to grow. They improve soil conditions enough to allow other species to germinate and thrive by fixing nitrogen into the soil through their roots and adding high levels of organic leaf litter.