Biodiversity

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‘Biodiversity’ encompasses all living things – the plants, animals and microorganisms that occur on land, in the soil, in the air, in freshwater, and in coastal and marine environments.
South East Queensland (SEQ) has one of the richest diversities of animal and plant species in Australia, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. 

Plants and animals play a vital role in the health of our catchment and our natural environment provides us with key services, such as clean water and air, healthy soils and climate regulation.

About 4000 plant species and 800 freshwater and terrestrial vertebrate species are native to the region and distributed across a diverse mosaic of mountain ranges, hills, valleys, rivers, lakes, floodplains, coastal areas and islands.

Threats

There are many immediate threats to this biodiversity from population growth, climate change, pests, salinity, changes in catchment hydrology and water quality, habitat fragmentation, land clearing and inappropriate fire.

We work with a number of partners to manage these threats through restoring connectivity between patches of remaining habitat, promoting sustainable land management practices and controlling weed infestations. 

Conservation Partnerships

With much of the land in SEQ privately owned, landholders play a key role in improving biodiversity across the region. One of the ways to become involved is through conservation partnerships. Read more…

Native vegetation management

Extensive clearing within the region has meant that native vegetation has fallen extensively since settlement. Read more…

Priority species and habitats

Both individual plants and animals, as well as whole ecosystems can be identified as priority ‘species’ or ‘ecosystems’ and protected under varying bits of legislation. Read more…

Revegetation

SEQ retains significant areas of woody vegetation that provides a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community. Read more…

Wetlands

Wetlands assist in the maintenance of water quality and provide habitat for a large diversity of plants and animals. Read more…