Lee Point Corridor (called Biodiversity Corridor by the City of Darwin) runs from Buffalo Ck to Sandy Creek area, a distance of approx. 3kms. Most of the habitats in the Top End are connected here providing an area with a rich biodiversity.
The Corridor supports a large number of species including some threatened species;
- BIRDS (appox 200 species); includes endangered Gouldian Finch and Eastern Curlew (a migratory shorebird – shorebirds were partly affected by the last Lyons/Muirhead development)
- MAMMALS: endangered Black-footed Tree Rat.
- REPTILES: vulnerable, Yellow-spotted Monitor plus vulnerable/endangered sea turtles (that nest on beach).
Having the Corridor chosen by a large number of species (some threatened) is a sign of how special this natural environment is.
The Corridor and Stage 2 development
The Corridor allows flora and fauna to easily move promoting biodiversity. Stage 2 will disrupt this movement.
The Corridor has some of the last remaining intact tropical habitat in Darwin. It has many old woodland trees (over 70 years old) with hollows. These hollows are very important for roosting and nesting – read more.
Stage 2 contains one of the best areas in Darwin for tree hollows (see photos below or for more photos: Dropbox Link. Some of these are expected to be used by Gouldian Finches, Black-footed Tree Rats, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and other species that need tree hollows to breed.
Larger tree hollows are used by larger animals such as Black-footed Tree Rats, possums, gliders, owls, cockatoos and parrots.
Smaller tree hollows are used by smaller animals such as grass finches (gouldian and long-tail), kingfishers and lorikeets.