Threatened Species Day & Biodiversity Month

Purple Copper Butterfly information and community planting day to be held on Saturday 23 September 2017.

Lithgow Council is inviting community members to come along to mark Threatened Species Day and celebrate our own biodiversity at the Lithgow Pony Club on the edge of Hassans Walls on Saturday 23 September 2017 at 10.00 am. Enjoy a sausage sizzle lunch after learning about our threatened local butterfly and help to improve its habitat through revegetation works.

Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year in September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the Thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. National Threatened Species Day is celebrated across the country to raise awareness of the plight of many species but also to highlight the amazing work that people are doing to save them.

The Purple Copper Butterfly, Paralucia spinifera, is a threatened species only found in a few locations within the Central Tablelands including within the greater Lithgow area. Come along and learn about this fascinating species from experts and contribute to enhancing its habitat.

The planting day follows recent weed control works around the Pony Club which is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. The day will involve planting some native blackthorn (Bursaria) on which the Purple Copper Butterfly depends entirely. This event is a great example of how the council, as land managers, are working collaboratively with community organisation’s such as the Lithgow Oberon Landcare Association and the Pony Club to ensure threatened species can be conserved for future generations.

Lithgow City Council Mayor, Stephen Leslie, said, “I urge local residents to come and learn about one of our local threatened species at this family friendly event”.

This project is made possible through funding and support from Councils project partners Lithgow Oberon Landcare Association, Lithgow Pony Club, Local Land Services, and the Office of Environment and Heritage. This project is one of many Natural Resource Management Projects currently operating within the Local Government Area.

Register for the event by Thursday 21st September 2017 Council’s Landcare Coordinator Rechelle Fisher on (02) 6354 9999 or email to register your interest


Rechelle Fisher
Landcare Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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