Bounded by Sydney Harbour National Park, Spring Cove is a buffer zone between developed and undeveloped land. It calls for special consideration of the sensitive ecosystem and interaction between wildlife and residents.

An interdisciplinary project team has taken a "minimum intervention" approach ensuring Spring Cove Estate integrates within the ecosystem without upsetting its balance.

In particular, natural foraging corridors and habitats are being regenerated and expanded to protect populations of endangered long-nosed bandicoots known to forage and shelter here and little penguins that feed on Spring Cove's sea grasses and breed on the shore.