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The NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 provides for the listing on schedules of threatened species, populations, ecological communities and of key threatening processes. The definitions of these concepts are discussed. The implicit component parts of the definition of species are analysed and differences between legal and science based approaches are discussed. Issues arising from application of the concept of endangered ecological community are discussed in the light of the interpretations provided by the Court of Appeal. Listing is a means to an end, and not an end in itself. The importance of listing to the promotion of the development of conservation measures for threatened species is discussed. The potential for the implementation of Threat Abatement Plans to play a major role in biodiversity conservation is stressed.

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Baker, J. 2004. Endangered populations: the concept in practice. Pp 82-87 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Banks, P. B. 2004. Population viability analysis in urban wildlife management: modeling management options for Sydney's quarantined bandicoots. Pp 70-77 in Urban wildlife: more than meets the eye, edited by D. Lunney and S. Burgin. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
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Campbell, N. A. and Reece, J. A. 2002 Biology. 6th edn. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
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Ellenberg, H. 1978 Vegetation Mitteleuropas mit den Alpen. 2nd edn. Ulmer, Stuttgart.
Evans, D. 1997 A history of nature conservation in Britain. 2nd edn. Routledge, London.
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Handtke, K. and Mauersberger, G. 1977. Die Ausbreitung des Kuhreihers, Bubulcus ibis (Linneaus). Mitteilungen Zoologisches Museum in Berlin (Suppl.) Band 3. Ann. Orn. 1: 1-78.
Jarman, P. and Brock, M. 2004. The evolving intent and coverage of legislation to protect biodiversity in New South Wales. Pp 1-19 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Lambert, J. 2004. Threatened species legislation: Does it work for local communities or Local Government? Pp 158-162 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Leys, A. 2004. Threat abatment plans: strategic pest management for biodiversity conservation. Pp 102-106 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Mokany, K. and Adam, P. 2002. The biogeographical attributes of the threatened flora of New South Wales. Cunninghamia 6: 873-892.
Moore, P. D. 1998. Plant extinction: frondless ferns lie low to survive. Nature 392: 661-662.
Purdie, R. 2003. Threatened ecological communities. Australasian Plant Conservation 12(2): 10-12.
Ratcliffe, D. A., Birks, H. J. B. and Birks, H. H. 1993. The ecology and conservation of the Killarney fern Trichomanes speciosum Willd. in Britain and Ireland. Biological Conservation 66: 321-347.
Rodwell, J. S. (ed.) 1991 British plant communities vol.2. Mires and heaths. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Rodwell, J. S. (ed.) 1991-2000 British plant communities vols.1-5. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Rumsey, F. J., Jermy, A. C., and Sheffield, E. 1998. The independent gametophytic stage of Trichomanes speciosum Willd. (Hymenophyllaceae) the Killarney Fern and its distribution in the British Isles. Watsonia 22: 1-19.
Westhoff, V. and den Held, A. J. 1969 Plantengemeenschappen in Nederland. Thieme: Zutphen.
Westhoff, V. and van der Maarel, E. 1973. The Braun-Blanquet approach. Pp.619-726 in Handbook of vegetation science V. Ordination and classification of vegetation. edited by R. H. Whittaker. Dr. Junk, The Hague.
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Adam, P. 2002. Rarity, rare plant species and the New South Wales. Threatened Species Conservation Act - conservation opportunities and challenges.Cunninghamia 7: 651-669.
Auld, T. D. and Tozer, M. 2004. Endangered ecological communities and landscape conservation in NSW: successes and failures in the Sydney Basin. Pp 94-101 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Baker, J. 2004. Endangered populations: the concept in practice. Pp 82-87 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Banks, P. B. 2004. Population viability analysis in urban wildlife management: modeling management options for Sydney's quarantined bandicoots. Pp 70-77 in Urban wildlife: more than meets the eye, edited by D. Lunney and S. Burgin. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Beadle, N. C. W. 1981 The vegetation of Australia. Gustav Fischer, Stuttgart.
Burgman, M. A. 2004. Expert frailties in conservation risk assessment and listing decisions. Pp 20-29 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Campbell, N. A. and Reece, J. A. 2002 Biology. 6th edn. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
Dickman, C. R. 2004. The Scientific Committee under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act1995: seven years of debate. Pp 68-81 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Dickman, C. R. and Lunney, D. (eds) 2001 A symposium on the dingo. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Ellenberg, H. 1978 Vegetation Mitteleuropas mit den Alpen. 2nd edn. Ulmer, Stuttgart.
Evans, D. 1997 A history of nature conservation in Britain. 2nd edn. Routledge, London.
Farrier, D. and Whelan, R. 2004. (Why) Do We Need Threatened Species Legislation? Pp 30-48 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Handtke, K. and Mauersberger, G. 1977. Die Ausbreitung des Kuhreihers, Bubulcus ibis (Linneaus). Mitteilungen Zoologisches Museum in Berlin (Suppl.) Band 3. Ann. Orn. 1: 1-78.
Jarman, P. and Brock, M. 2004. The evolving intent and coverage of legislation to protect biodiversity in New South Wales. Pp 1-19 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Lambert, J. 2004. Threatened species legislation: Does it work for local communities or Local Government? Pp 158-162 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Leys, A. 2004. Threat abatment plans: strategic pest management for biodiversity conservation. Pp 102-106 in Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW.
Mokany, K. and Adam, P. 2002. The biogeographical attributes of the threatened flora of New South Wales. Cunninghamia 6: 873-892.
Moore, P. D. 1998. Plant extinction: frondless ferns lie low to survive. Nature 392: 661-662.
Purdie, R. 2003. Threatened ecological communities. Australasian Plant Conservation 12(2): 10-12.
Ratcliffe, D. A., Birks, H. J. B. and Birks, H. H. 1993. The ecology and conservation of the Killarney fern Trichomanes speciosum Willd. in Britain and Ireland. Biological Conservation 66: 321-347.
Rodwell, J. S. (ed.) 1991 British plant communities vol.2. Mires and heaths. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Rodwell, J. S. (ed.) 1991-2000 British plant communities vols.1-5. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Rumsey, F. J., Jermy, A. C., and Sheffield, E. 1998. The independent gametophytic stage of Trichomanes speciosum Willd. (Hymenophyllaceae) the Killarney Fern and its distribution in the British Isles. Watsonia 22: 1-19.
Westhoff, V. and den Held, A. J. 1969 Plantengemeenschappen in Nederland. Thieme: Zutphen.
Westhoff, V. and van der Maarel, E. 1973. The Braun-Blanquet approach. Pp.619-726 in Handbook of vegetation science V. Ordination and classification of vegetation. edited by R. H. Whittaker. Dr. Junk, The Hague.
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