While the northern and western parts of the Georges River catchment are dominated by the expanses of Sydney’s urban sprawl, natural green areas and national parks make up much of the upper catchment in the south.
The river and landscape of the Georges River catchment has been shaped by the forces of geology, biology and water acting over many, many years.
River Health grades provide an easy to understand indication of the relative environmental health of waterways across the Georges River catchment.
Water quality describes and measures the suitability of a particular body of water for a specific use, but it can also indicate the relative health of a waterway too.
Mangroves thrive in environments that are often intolerable to other plants. They grow between the land and the sea, often in saltwater and intertidal locations where they are regularly flooded.
Towra Point Aquatic Reserve is a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Seabirds are the most conspicuous life form inhabiting estuaries. Seabirds are defined as any species of bird which spends a substantial part of it's life foraging and breeding in the marine environment.
Monitoring waterbugs is extremely useful for assessing the condition of our local creeks. Take a look at some of the creatures you can find.
The lovely sound bellbirds or Bell Miners make in bushland may be a sign of something more sinister going on... such as Eucalyptus trees dying.
Mosquitoes can form large swarms at certain times of the year in the suburbs around the Georges River. They are as much a component of natural ecosystems as any other native wildlife, but when there are lots of them they are a nuisance for people.
The Georges River flows through a very varied landscape from the almost fully-urbanised lower coastal reaches through to the steep-sided, heavily-wooded upper reaches near Appin.
The Georges River catchment is unfortunately threatened by many introduced animals. Cats and foxes are a big threat to native animals, preying on birds, small mammals and reptiles.
Weeds have a significant impact on our catchments and are a threat to native flora and fauna as well as the health of our waterways.