Greens Bush - Mornington Peninsula National Park

History:

The majority of land contained within the boundaries of these parks has been subject to cattle and/or sheep grazing in the past, since at least 1929. In 1988, after one of the most expensive and successful environmental movements in Australian History at the time, some 3,300 acres were designated as National Park, and Parks Victoria has been managing them since. Agricultural activities on the land varied in length and intensity, and have therefore left a mosaic of natural vegetation that varies from pristine to severely degraded condition.

Action:

EVC 3: Damps Sands Herb-rich Woodland. Victorian Status: Vulnerable
EVC 136: Sedge Wetland. Victorian Status: Vulnerable

The parks are exceptionally rich in both flora and fauna, given their size and position in the landscape. However, these natural values are under threat from weeds such as Sallow Wattle, Sweet Pittosporum, Bridal Creeper, Boneseed etc. Also, the lack of a natural fire regime reduces, and in some cases eliminates, the ability of fire-dependant species from surviving into the future. HRF plans to extend the weed control works of Parks Victoria into all areas of the Park. Works will be staged over a number of years, in line with Parks Victoria’s existing weed management plan. Funds will be used to engage sub-contractors to work alongside volunteers in weed control activities. HRF will use the project to further its educational objectives of bringing primary, secondary and tertiary students into contact with the natural environment. Flora and Fauna surveys will begin, to monitor changes in floristic composition, as well as fauna surveys to measure changes in wildlife abundance and diversity.

Future Aims:

Weed control works organized by HRF will be ongoing, in line with weed management plans. Over time, target weeds will be eliminated from the entire Park. Fire will continue to be used as a weed management tool, and also to renew various habitats. The education program will continue perpetually, so that participants can see changes in the environment over time.

Status:

Please visit the site periodically for updates on:-

  • our progress in securing funding,
  • upcoming events,
  • tasks completed, and
  • sightings of rare flora and fauna.

Sightings:

Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus)

Statistics

Location:

Main Ridge, Victoria

Project Began:

TBA

Acreage:

3,300

Issues:

Large areas cleared by grazing. Remnant vegetation invaded by weeds. Altered fire regime

Tasks:

Targeted Weed control. Use fire to assist weeding and to promote natural regeneration. Arrange community events.

Species Prior Works:

Flora: TBA Fauna: TBA

Species After Works:

Flora: N/A Fauna: N/A