A TEC (Threatened Ecological Community) is a naturally occurring group of native plants, animals and other organisms living in a unique location that are at risk of extinction. It is important not just to protect individuals and species, but also the wider communities they are linked to. Here are two important TECs found on the peninsula:
Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest
This TEC occurs on the lower hillslopes of Barrenjoey Peninsula, Scotland Island and the western foreshores of Pittwater. The tree canopy is dominated by Pittwater Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) and is associated with several Angophora and Eucalyptus species . Over 70% of this TEC is found on private land, with the remaining portion in council bushland reserves. It is therefore critical that private landholders step up as stewards of this precious community.
Canopy species include cabbage tree palms, lilly pillies and figs amongst other rainforest trees, vines and shrubs. Littoral rainforest provides important roosting and nesting sites for threatened species such as the powerful owl, however very little of this highly fragmented ecology remains. One of the best remnants of this TEC locally is the bushland surrounding Bilgola Bends.