Natural events

Natural events that have an impact on and shape our landscape and native plant communities range from large-scale, catastrophic events such as volcanic eruptions, to smaller and more localised events, such as coastal cliff erosion. These can impact on the size, abundance of plants and even the existence of rare plant populations.

In many cases, natural events are an integral part of landscape dynamics, creating a mosaic of vegetation communities and landforms. However, when habitats have been significantly modified by humans, these events can impact detrimentally on the remaining plant communities, often threatening species survival.

  • Flooding
  • Erosion
  • Fire
  • Natural succession
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Insect damage


This page last updated on 25 Sep 2012