The natural environment of the Burra and Urila district is determined by the quite complex geology of the area, climatic effects (particularly rainfall) and human activity.  Major influences have been the introduction of grazing animals and the clearing of vegetation, particularly of trees.  This has lead to widespread erosion (much of it since mitigated) and soil degradation, much of which is the concern of local groups such as Landcare.  The Landcare page on this site has more information on work that is being done at a community level to address these problems.  There is also information there about the Burra Landscape Management Plan developed by the Molonglo Catchment Group

This page highlights some features of the natural wildlife in the area.