Swamped By Threats is a 10 year project that began in July 2016. This extended project time frame will allow us to establish strong partnerships, track progress and make real change for the swamps and threatened species .
The uplands swamps of the Newnes Plateau and the Blue Mountains are unique landforms that began developing between 12,000-14,000 years ago. They are very fragmented and diverse in form and provide specialised habitat for swamp-dependent plants and animals. Also, they provide important environmental benefits including clean and healthy waterways.
These swamps are known as Temperate Highland Peat Swamps on Sandstone and are listed as an endangered ecological community (EEC) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Only 3,000 hectares of this EEC remains; it faces a number of threats to its long term survival and the variety of plants and animals that make it their home.
Threatened species, including the giant dragonfly and blue mountains water skink, that rely on the upland swamps are at risk of extinction. If these unique swamps are not healthy, there is a real risk the species that rely on them could decline into the future and be lost forever.
The target species for this project include:
The Lithgow Environment Group seeks to preserve the balance of nature in its region. This is especially important given the impacts of the area's industrial heritage. The Lithgow region contains some of the most biodiverse bushland in the Greater Blue Mountains. Our aim is to promote and protect this rich natural heritage..
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