Biodiversity habitat projects
A listing of biodiversity habitat projects being undertaken by various groups and organisations across Victoria. Share your project
Location: North Central Victoria, Inglewood and Wedderburn area
Species: 48 listed threatened species and communities, inc. Snowy Mint Bush, Deane’s Wattle, Robust Greenhood, Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper, Hooded Robin and Painted Honeyeater.
Activities: Community plantings revegetation focus on understory restoration inc. nursery, weed, fox, cat control and monitoring.
Partners: Schools, Parks Vic, Dja Dja Wurrung, WCMN, Loddon Plains Landcare Network, DEWLP, NCCMA, Trust for Nature.
Contacts: Kate Lee (Sec. Mt Korong Eco-Watch)
Location: North Central Victoria, Bendigo Creek/Huntly Streamside Reserve
Species: Threat. sp. Brown Toadlet, Grey-crowned Babbler, Hooded Robin, Swifft Parrot, Whirrakee Wattle, Whipstick Westringia.
Activities: Community plantings revegetation to create native vegetation linkages, weed & rabbit control, educational activities, wildlife nestbox installation & monitoring.
Partners: Northern Bendigo Landcare Group, Parks Victoria, local primary schools, Bendigo TAFE Conservation & Land Management.
Contacts: Northern Bendigo Landcare Group
Location: Far south-west Victoria, Lower Glenelg National Park (south), Cobboboonee National Park, Mount Clay State Forest, Discovery Bay Coastal Park.
Activities: Broad-scale and continuous fox baiting using buried Foxoff®. Comprehensive monitoring in treated and non treated areas using remote cameras.
Partners: DELWP, Parks Victoria
Contacts: David Pitts, Glenelg Ark Project Officer, DELWP, Barwon South West Region 03 55 270 422
Friends of the forgotten Woodlands
Location: Victorian Volcanic Plains (VVP) Bioregion
Species: Focus sp. Banksia marginata (Silver Banksia) Allocasuarina verticillata (Drooping Sheoke), Bursaira spinosa (Sweet Bursaria)
Activities: Mapping, genetic studies and Establish seed orchards
Partners: Community driven project - input and obs. welcome
Contacts: Aggie Stevenson, Biodiversity Projects Coord. Glenelg Hopkins CMA Ph. 035571 2526
Future Landscapes project 2016
Location: Golden Plains, City of Ballarat, Moorabool, Hepburn and Pyrenees Shires
Aims: Improve understanding of the impacts of projected climate change on the region’s natural assets and respond effectively for the betterment of agriculture and natural resource protection across the region.
Activities: Develop Local Biodiversity Action Plans, climate impact modelling, case studies, tools and materials to ensure simple adaptation actions are integrated within their operations, plans and policies. Workshops pdf.
Partners: Deakin University Centre for Regional and Rural Futures and Centre for Integrative Ecology. LGA's.
- Golden Plains Shire Council - Simon Howland, Environment Services Team Leader 03 5220 7103
- Centre for Regional and Rural Futures - Dr Robert Faggian ,Assoc Professor - Climate Change Adaptation.
Healesville to Phillip Island Nature Link (HPNL)
Location: From Yarra Ranges to Bass Coast. Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Phillip Island Nature Parks) via natural corridors on public and private land.
Aims: Creation of a biolink from Healesville Sanctuary to Phillip Island.
Activities: Phase one planning completed for 150 km route, passing through the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire. Thirty-one related actions have been prioritised and will be implemented depending on support and funding. Planning for the northern (Yarra Ranges) and southern (Bass Coast) sections are to follow.
Partners: HPNL steering committee , Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) , Volunteers needed.
Haining Farm Redevelopment: Conservation and Community Park
Location: Don Valley.
Aims: The Haining Farm redevelopment will create much needed need new habitat and food sources for Helmeted Honeyeaters and lowland Leadbeater's Possums. These species are at great risk of extinction in their current location and Haining Farm is one of the very few places in the world that provides the right conditions to create new homes for these special animals at the right scale needed to improve their chance of survival. The best way to educate people about nature is to immerse them in it. Haining Farm Park will be a place where the community can have fun outdoor experiences and learn to love the land they depend on.
Partners: Parks Victoria, Greening Australia, Zoos Victoria.
Using fire to manage biodiversity in fragmented landscapes
Location: Glenelg region.
Aims: Land-use change has severely fragmented Australia's natural landscapes, and remaining habitat fragments are at risk from increases in fire frequency and intensity. Together, fire and fragmentation pose a major threat to biodiversity. Our project addresses two key knowledge gaps: (1) the combined effects of fire and fragmentation on animal movement (2) the implications of current and future fire regimes for native animal populations. We're using the fragmented stringybark woodland of southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia as a study system. Our approach combines field surveys of reptiles, mammals and beetles with innovative genomic techniques and a powerful fire simulation model. We hope our results will help land managers to sustain biodiversity in fire-prone fragmented landscapes.
Partners: University of Melbourne, Monash University, DELWP, DEWNR, Parks Victoria, SA Water, CFA, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Trust for Nature
Victorain Volcanic Plains Wetland restoration program
Location: Corangamite and Glenelg Hopkins Regions
Background: Many wetlands across the Volcanic Plains have been drained. Wetland plants and animals rely on water lasting well into spring and early summer. By removing the impact of drains you can make sure wetland dependant species have water when they need it most.
Program: If you have a site you’re interested in working with please get in touch to see hear about what might be possible and what sort of funding is available.
Partners: Nature Glenelg Trust, Corangamite CMA, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Victorian State Govt.
- Lachlan Farrington
Ants : Adding value to small reserves and remnant vegetation?
Location: South-west ,Central and west Gippsland Victoria.
Background: Ants are present, but not often noticed, in all natural reserves, remnant vegetation and often in suburban parks and domestic gardens. This project is investigating the role ‘common bushland ants' could play in stimulating community interest in support and advocacy for small reserves, remnant vegetation and semi- natural areas in suburban areas.
Activities: Increasing the interest and ability of the community to identify "common bushland ants" in order to stimulate interest in managing areas with remnant vegetation. Focus on Myrmecia Bull ants as a pilot, but also other species of bushland ants.
Partners: Interested community groups etc.
Contact: Peter Muller- "Ants are Everywhere"