When land is converted from its natural state to a developed landscape it has the single greatest impact of increased human activity on native wildlife.
All animal species require certain habitat features to survive.
Land development typically eliminates or significantly changes many important habitat features found in a natural area thereby altering the ecological or habitat value of that area. For example, a diverse wildlife population depends upon the natural ecosystems found in most undeveloped areas. Development can damage or destroy these ecosystems, making it more difficult for many native species to survive. Those species able to survive in urban settings may thrive, but the rest are forced to find new territory to survive.
Where habitats and wildlife species have been identified as being of significance, special measures may be required either to avoid or minimise the loss or to mitigate for it during development processes.