Local ecology

Bioblitz in Sydney Park

Citizen scientists were out in force for a 24-hour habitat survey in 2018.

  • Pelican spotting

    More than 300 Sydney residents worked alongside wildlife experts during the City of Sydney’s Bioblitz survey. The event took place from Friday 13 April to Saturday 14 April 2018.

    Locals were delighted to spot a pelican who dropped in for a paddle in the pond.

  • Wildlife identified

    130 species of bats, birds, reptiles, bugs, mammals and amphibians were identified. The surveys took place at Sydney Park and a nearby vacant block along Alexandra Canal.

  • Bugs and butterflies

    The exciting results from Bioblitz will help address the challenges faced in maintaining and creating urban landscapes. The event aims to support animals of all shapes and sizes to survive and thrive.

  • Catching butterflies

    Bioblitz brought together the local community. Information gathered about plants and animals helped create important species lists.

  • Kids at Bioblitz

    An event like Bioblitz raises awareness and helps preserve natural environments in the heart of our city for future generations to enjoy.

  • Looking for wildlife

    The results from the survey will be used as baseline data to compare future studies in Sydney Park. The City plans to hold its next Bioblitz in 2020.

  • Recording at Sydney Park

    Hundreds of Sydneysiders young and old became citizen scientists for a day. The important exercise recorded wildlife and will guide our efforts to protect local animals.

  • Diversity of species

    The volunteers who took part were surprised and delighted at the level of diversity discovered in the trees, shrubs and waterways.

  • Waterways survey

    The National Parks Association of NSW helped organise the event. Expert support came from local universities, the Department of Health, the Insect Society, Sydney Fungal Studies Group and Birdlife Australia.

  • Water creatures

    Sightings of a fairy-wren, wetland turtles and a tawny frogmouth after dark caused great excitement among the volunteers, ecologists and scientists. Finds like this show just how important urban parklands are for the environment and the community.

  • The great outdoors

    Our parks, gardens and wetlands not only provide homes for many species, but they’re integral to our wellbeing. They give city-dwellers the opportunity to connect with nature.

  • Volunteers on the day

    The weekend-long survey was described as an incredible success by all. The volunteers can proudly boast that their day in the park will help protect these environments for all to enjoy.