Wildlife bioblitz targets Alexandria park

July 12, 2018 by  

Many are immortalised on creative works such as a painting or logo design, but few people are aware of just what species of birds or animals can be found in their own backyard. In a recent community `bioblitz’ held at Alexandria’s Sydney Park, several hundred Sydney residents teamed up with wildlife experts for a 24-hour survey aimed at discovering locally prevalent species of amphibians, mammals, bugs, reptiles, birds and bats.

Results of the survey have just been released and, according to Lord Mayor Clover Moore, the level of diversity both delighted and surprised all involved. They included an eastern bentwing-bat, which is a threatened species.

The Lord Mayor said:

“It was wonderful to see so many Sydneysiders become citizen scientists for a day and be part of this important exercise to log and guide our efforts to protect our local flora and fauna.”

The Superb Fairy-wren was among 20 extra species recorded throughout the inner city `bioblitz’ and its sighting, according to Cr. Moore, sparked further conversations on ways to support biodiversity and protect such birds.

He said the challenge is to ensure animals of all sizes and shapes can be successfully incorporated into the urban landscape.

The survey in Sydney Park recorded and impressive range of creatures including frogs, turtles, lizards, possums, microbats, dragonflies, grasshoppers, cicadas, water bugs, native bees, butterflies and spiders.

The next `bioblitz’ is planned for 2020.