Threatened Species

Albury is home to a number of threatened plant and animal species.

Our Biodiversity Strategy lists all of these species and gives their current vulnerability status. It also has information on what you can do to help protect and preserve Albury’s fragile biodiversity.

Two endangered species that you may be able to help right now are brush-tailed phascogale and Sloane’s froglet.

Help us find the brush-tailed phascogale

AlburyCity is re-vegetating roadsides in Hamilton Valley to restore endangered ecological communities. These communities may include the brush-tailed phascogale, a vulnerable animal species.

Phascogales are small, tree-dwelling marsupial carnivores with bushy black ‘bottlebrush’ tails. Their fur is grey on top and pale cream below and they have conspicuous black eyes and large naked ears. See the species profile on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website for more details.

Phascogales have not been recorded in Albury so far but they may be living in the hollows of mature white and red box eucalypt trees at roadside reserves in Hamilton Valley – particularly Pearsall St, Mudge St, Centaur Rd, Pannach Lane and Overend St.

How you can help

If you live in or near these streets, please help us search for the phascogale. If you do locate a phascogale please contact us on 6023 8111 and ask to speak to Council’s environmental planner.

Help us protect Sloane’s froglet

Sloane’s froglet (Crinia sloanei) is a vulnerable frog species, only 15mm long, found in and around Albury, particularly in the Thurgoona area. Recent research has highlighted the importance of the Albury population for the conservation of Sloane’s froglet.

The core breeding season for Sloane’s froglet mid-autumn to spring. Males typically call from still water such as wetlands, dams, roadside drains, billabongs and Gilgai’s (seasonal herbaceous wetlands). Water depth and vegetation structure are very important, as the eggs are attached to submerged narrow-stemmed plants such as juncus and carex, water couch, wallaby grasses and myriophyllum. Sloane’s froglets prefer shallower wetlands, typically less than 30cm deep. See the species profile on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website for more details.

AlburyCity is working closely with the Office of Environment and Heritage to conserve viable populations of Sloane’s froglet. This includes adapting our stormwater management to provide habitat and connectivity through the rapidly developing Thurgoona area.

How you can help

  • Don’t ‘tidy up’ table drains or roadside verges, especially during the breeding period (mid-autumn to spring)
  • Use weedkillers as little as possible, and only those labelled ‘frog friendly’
  • If you have a dam on your property, create Sloane’s froglet habitat by planting narrow-stemmed vegetation around the dam edges.

On World Environment Day 2016 NSW Office of Environment and Heritage with our support celebrated Sloane’s froglet with Thurgoona school kids. See the video and the NSW Office and Environment and Heritage media release. Visit our Get Involved  page for information on upcoming activities on Sloane’s froglet.