Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh


Tongue Orchid


Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh


Sweet-scented Wattle


Drosera spatulata

Pittwater Mist


Eastern Water Dragon

Sydney Red Gum



NSW Christmas Bush

Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh


Bush Stone Curlew



Powerful Owl Family





Latest News

Latest News

4 days ago

Information about the effects of light at night on wildlife:

4 days ago

Urban Night Sky Park at Palm Beach: agreed by Northern Beaches Council August 24, then rescinded for no credible reason. PNHA hoped that the establishment of the UNSP would not only encourage an ... See more

1 week ago

No, not False sarsparilla but Love Creeper, Comesperma volubile, beside the track over south Bilgola headland to Newport and flowering now, September 20. Be quick to see it, on the western side of ... See more

1 week ago

Spring in Angophora Reserve, Avalon. A stroll from Palmgrove Rd up to Wandeen Rd will take you over shale soils, then up to sandstone soils, so you'll see different trees and plants as you go. Leave ... See more

2 weeks ago

Have a look at Pittwater Nature Issue 7. For you: Sick Frogs, Ospreys and White-bellied Sea Eagles, the huge Pea Family (includes tough and gorgeous Native Sarsparilla Hardenbergia violacea - ... See more

3 weeks ago

We are concerned about the impacts of cats on our wildlife. We love our cats of course, but even domestic cats just can't help hunting. That is their nature. Cats - domestic and feral - along with ... See more

4 weeks ago

Spring is bird nesting time. What if you find a baby or juvenile bird you think needs help? A rescued Powerful Owl juvenile, Manly Daily 2009. What to do: ... See more

4 weeks ago

Clematis - two very similar species in Pittwater. The developing seeds have grey furry appendages, source of the name Old Man's Beard. This photo was taken in a damp shady spot but Clematis is a ... See more

1 month ago

Birdwatching in your Backyard - or nearby. Surveys you can do help with looking after our birds. Find out more: click: ... See more

1 month ago

Ledum Boronia aka Boronia ledifolia. Spring is bursting out all over now around Ingleside and in the national parks. The underside of the petals when seen in bud are red. The strong scent of the ... See more


About PNHA

About PNHA

With urbanisation, there are continuing pressures that threaten the beautiful natural environment of Pittwater. Some impacts are immediate and apparent, others are more gradual and less obvious.

The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association has been formed to act to protect and preserve the Pittwater areas major and most valuable asset - its natural heritage.

PNHA is an incorporated association seeking broad based community membership and support to enable it to have an effective and authoritative voice speaking out for the preservation of Pittwater's natural heritage.

It is a member of the Pittwater Community Alliance. Please contact us for further information. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to benefit Pittwater's natural environment go to the Pittwater Environmental Foundation.

Our Aims

  • To raise public awareness of the conservation value of the natural heritage of the Pittwater area: its landforms, watercourses, soils and local native vegetation and fauna.
  • To raise public awareness of the threats to the long-term sustainability of Pittwater's natural heritage.
  • To foster individual and community responsibility for caring for this natural heritage.
  • To encourage Pittwater Council and the NSW Government to adopt and implement policies and works which will conserve, sustain and enhance the natural heritage of Pittwater.

Our Charter

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association seeks to raise awareness and provide information and advice to our members on issues such as:

Native Tree Canopy

Identification of trees local to your particular area. What to plant to replace dead or dying trees, and how to care for trees. The characteristic form of the native tree canopy is a major contributor to Pittwater's sense of place.

"Bush Friendly" Gardens

Selecting plants for your garden that will live in harmony with nearby bushland and provide habitat for native animals and birds.

Building and Landscaping

Promoting practices which preserve and protect the visual qualities of the landform, preserve soil stability and prevent erosion of steep slopes and siltation of waterways.

Weed Infestation

Information on noxious and environmental weeds, weed identification and methods of control and eradication.

Living with Wildlife

Maintaining habitat and wildlife corridors for our rich and diverse native fauna. Understanding the impacts of introduced birds and animals and uncontrolled domestic pets.

Keeping our Waterways Healthy

Using and enjoying our waterways and estuaries whilst maintaining appropriate water quality and habitat for aquatic creatures. Caring for the streams, wetlands, saltmarsh and mangrove systems that are an integral part of our waterways.

Rock Platforms, Beaches and Dunes

Protecting and preserving the plant and animal communities on rock platforms. Restoration and regeneration of dune systems and maintenance of their stability.

Act to Preserve and Protect!

If you would like to join us, please fill out the Membership Application Form. Alternatively if you would like to contact us for information on any of our projects, our details are:


Postal Address
PO Box 187
Avalon Beach NSW 2107

Marita Macrae

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