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Island restoration project

NSW National Parks is currently running a major conservation project which aims to re-establish suitable habitat for native seabirds on coastal islands of NSW. The goal of several related programs in places including Montague Island and Five Islands Nature Reserve is to remove unwanted predators and clear invasive weeds.

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NSW National Parks is committed to ensuring vibrant natural assets for the health and prosperity of NSW by protecting our native Australian animals and plants. One way of doing this – and building resilience in the face of climate change – is by mending the ecosystems of coastal islands. Seabirds rely on these ecosystems in order to survive and reproduce, but many islands are increasingly compromised by pests. By eradicating feral animals, controlling weed problems, and restoring native habitat, we’re helping threatened species come back from the brink.

One notable example can be seen at Five Islands Nature Reserve, off the coast of Port Kembla, near Wollongong. These islands struggle with invasive plant species which affect birds like little penguins and white-faced storm petrels. A trial restoration project currently underway aims to reverse this damage, controlling kikuyu grass and restoring native habitat so little penguins don’t become extinct in the Illawarra region.

Parks related to this program

Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer