SIGNIFICANT ECOLOGY of the TWEED REGION

Unique groups of native plants are known as Ecological Communities.

They are important for providing clean healthy air, water and  

soil and for providing a healthy environment for threatened plants and animals.  

Ecological Communities can become endangered from

encroachment, degradation and fragmentation.

The Tweed region has a high percentage of these very important ecological communities compared to the rest of NSW.  

(Scroll down to see some EECs that occur in this region....)

  • Lowland Rainforest on Floodplain

    This a rainforest community that occurs as only scattered remnants  on the NSW Nth Coast with approximately 1000ha remaining. It can create a dense canopy blocking most light from reaching the ground and is cool and moist within. It is richly diverse in species. Plants include figs, palms, Silky Oak, Black Bean and Brush Cherry.  Animals include rainforest pigeons like the brilliant Wompoo, the Noisy Pitta, pademelons, flying foxes, the Land Mullet skink and snails like the rare Mitchells Rainforest Snail. This type of Rainforest occurs along riverine corridors and alluvial flats with rich volcanic silts.  (Stotts Island is a prime example)

  • Lowland Rainforest

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  • Littoral Rainforest

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  • Themeda Grassland on Sea cliffs & Coastal Headlands

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  • Swamp Schlerophyll on Coastal Floodplains

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  • Coastal Cyprus Pine

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