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2022 Fauna Survey

Fauna Surveys helps us identify introduced species that may be impacting on our native wildlife either as predators or by competing for resources like food and nesting hollows.

A Fauna Survey was carried out towards the end of 2022 within four of the Town’s natural areas:

  • Bay View Park
  • Chidley Point Reserve
  • Minim Cove Park
  • Buckland Hill Reserve

This survey was designed to provide a snapshot of the kinds of fauna that can be found locally, and to help guide our environmental management plans and revegetation works in to the future.

It is important to maintain healthy bushland areas to provide habitat, food sources and breeding sites for our native species. As the needs of each species differ so to the techniques used to uncover them. These methods include the use of trapping (using both Line Traps and Elliot Traps), motion detecting trail cameras, spotlighting at night and searching for evidence of activity like tracks and digging.


The following species were identified during the survey:

  • Litoria moorei                                                        Motorbike Frog

  • *Columba livia                                                      *Domestic Pigeon (Rock Dove)
  • Actitis hypoleucos                                                 Common Sandpiper (MI)
  • Anas superciliosa                                                  Pacific Black Duck
  • Anthochaera carunculata                                      Red Wattlebird
  • Barnardius zonarius                                              Australian Ringneck
  • Cacatua sanguinea                                               Little Corella
  • Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae                       Silver Gull
  • Coracina novaehollandiae                                    Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  • Corvus coronoides                                                Australian Raven
  • *Dacelo novaeguineae                                        *Laughing Kookaburra
  • Eolophus roseicapilla                                           Galah
  • Gavicalis virescens                                              Singing Honeyeater
  • Gymnorhina tibicen                                              Australian Magpie
  • Hirundo neoxena                                                 Welcome Swallow
  • Lichmera indistincta                                             Brown Honeyeater
  • Merops ornatus                                                    Rainbow Bee-eater
  • Ninox boobook                                                     Boobook Owl
  • Nycticorax caledonicus                                        Nankeen Night Heron (Rufous Night Heron)
  • Phalacrocorax varius                                           Pied Cormorant
  • Phylidonyris niger                                                White-cheeked Honeyeater
  • Phylidonyris novaehollandiae                              New Holland Honeyeater
  • Purpureicephalus spurius                                    Red-capped Parrot
  • Rhipidura albiscapa                                             Grey Fantail
  • Rhipidura leucophrys                                           Willie Wagtail
  • Sericornis maculatus maculatus                          Spotted Scrubwren
  • *Spilopelia senegalensis                                     *Laughing Turtle Dove
  • Threskiornis molucca                                           Australian White Ibis
  • *Trichoglossus moluccanus                                *Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Zosterops lateralis                                               Grey-breasted White-eye (Silvereye)

  • *Felis catus                                                         Cat
  • *Rattus rattus                                                      Black Rat
  • *Mus musculus                                                   House Mouse
  • Trichosurus vulpecula hypoleucus                     Common Brushtail Possum

Although the list of species found is extensive it is not considered conclusive as many species that move around their ranges, migrate or are simply very good at hiding and may not have be counted in the survey. Identifying these species can assist us with planning control programs or help guide local policy.



The results of the survey were presented at a Community Forum in February 2023. The data was presented by the Environmental Scientists from Natural Area Management Services who carried out the survey. You can download the slideshow from the evening here.

If you would like to view the survey in full please contact the Town of Mosman Park, Parks and Environment Team at to request a copy.