Wildlife Protection Areas

Small bird siting in a tree

Wildlife Protection Areas at Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek corridor and Terrys Creek corridor were endorsed by Council on 27 August 2019. Following a 90-day community consultation and exhibition period, the proposed Wildlife Protection Areas were adopted to come into effect from 25 November 2019.

What are Wildlife Protection Areas?

Wildlife Protection Areas are public places set aside for the protection of native wildlife under the Companion Animals Act 1998. To better protect our unique native wildlife, the City of Ryde has declared Wildlife Protection Areas in three high conservation bushland corridors.

Where are our Wildlife Protection Areas?

There are two categories of Wildlife Protection Areas in the City of Ryde and these areas are outlined below.

Category 1: No cats or dogs allowed at all times

Category 2: No cats allowed at all times, dogs permitted on leash along established tracks

These areas are declared Wildlife Protection Areas under the Companion Animals Act 1998 sections 14 (1.h) & 30 (1.b)


What you can do to help

You can help protect our special and unique wildlife in the City of Ryde by following these tips.

  • Keep cats indoors at night and contained on your property during the day
  • Keep your dog on a leash and remain on established tracks in Category 2 Wildlife Protection Areas
  • Place special cat netting along walls and fences to prevent your cat climbing over enclosures
  • Create an adventure playground for your cat in your garden using mesh enclosures
  • Report any stray animals to Council or a local vet
  • Avoid feeding stray animals
  • Consider installing wireless pet containment systems at your home

Council rangers regularly patrol parks and reserves in the local government area. Rangers can issue on the spot fines under the Companion Animals Act 1998 should companion animals be found within the Wildlife Protection Areas. 

Did you know?

City of Ryde is home to many unique native fauna species including echidnas, swamp wallabies, bandicoots, wrens, powerful owls and more. Since 2006, Ryde has been conducting Flora and Fauna Studies, comprehensive assessments of the flora and fauna currently inhabiting environments, at a number of parks and reserves.

Council understands the benefits of happy and exercised dogs, and provides 13 off leash areas for dogs in the City of Ryde.

Council thanks all the responsible pet owners who ensure their pets don't enter the Field of Mars Reserve and whose dogs are kept on leash along established tracks in Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek corridors.