Protecting and restoring natural ecosystems

Become a member & make difference to the local environment

The Habitat Restoration Fund (HRF) was created in 2006, by a group of people who wanted to take a more hands on approach to preserving their local environment.

The fund was established on Boonwurrung and Bunurong land. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend our respect to indigenous people who are present today.

HRF is unique to other environmental protection groups because:

  • Our focus is the on-ground implementation of projects.
  • We organise the long term maintenance and legal protection of projects up-front to ensure long lasting positive impacts.
  • We work on private as well as public land.
  • We employ professional environmental contractors to work alongside volunteers.
  • We provide opportunities for disadvantaged people to get involved in meaningful activities.
  • We are non-political.

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With your help, we can make the world a better place

The Habitat Restoration Fund was created to enhance our natural ecosystems on both private and public land.

We aim to:

  • Reconnect fragmented ecosystems by revegetating corridors
  • Educate school children and the general community about the importance of preserving habitats for wildlife.
  • Repair habitats for endangered flora and fauna through weed control, revegetation and more.
  • Repair wetlands, creeks and river ecosystems
  • Form an active, cooperative and supportive relationship between community groups, Governments and environmental stakeholders
  • Involve the general community in meaningful ‘hands-on’ projects.

Australia has one of the worst extinction rates in the world.

More than 1000 species of flora and fauna have been driven to extinction since European settlement. Some species being proclaimed extinct as early as the 1850’s. We currently have hundreds of species at immediate risk on extinction. Land-clearing, feral animals, weeds and pollution continue to destroy their habitat. 

Having once inhabited large areas of Australia, these animals are now only found in a handful of isolated locations. Once the habitat is gone, dependent species of wildlife go with it.

Just 0.1% of the original native grassland habitat is life in Australia. 70% of wetlands are already gone, and most of what is left is severely degraded by weeds and agricultural practices. This has decimated water-dependent birds, fish and frogs across the country.

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Greg Fitzgerald

After Greg realised how much stress the natural systems are under, he joined the HRF wanting to make a difference. With years of enjoyment from the bush, he believes the great thing about HRF is that they get the work done and use all available resources for the betterment of the natural habitats.

Barbara Long

Barb has a passion for projects that combine community involvement and the environmental rehabilitation of ecosystems. She brings compliance and governance skills to the HRF and an understanding of the importance of effective communication with key stakeholders; industry, government and community.

Sarah Hudson

A board member of the HRF since 2008 Sarah was drawn to the philosophy behind the organisation in providing wildlife corridors for our native fauna. She is passionate about the environment and sustainability and hopes that the HRF can truly make a difference in the world.

Joan Pittendrigh

Jo has been in love with the bush for as long as she can remember. With great concern she has witnessed the bush areas around Melbourne face increasing pressure.  She joined HRF because we need organisations to help save and repair the ever diminishing areas we have left of our indigenous habitat.

Michael Naphtali

Michael became interested in habitat restoration when he worked on his property in Red Hill. He now wants to see the Mornington Peninsula free of pines, pittosporums and all other woody weeds.

Daniel Brindley

As an Environmental Advisor and UNAA award recipient, Daniel has always been in close contact with the natural environment, having grown up on the family property in the middle of Greens Bush National Park and mentored by prominent environmentalists.

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Happy WrensDay!
Superb Fairy Wren (Courtesy of our wonderful volunteer, Chloe, again!)
This little guy develops bright blue plumage during breeding season to attract a mate.
They also sing a mating song, and the males are known to 'flirt with danger' by singing their song while predators are around to show their bravery 🎵🎶
#funfact #wrens #puns #birdlife #breedingseason #fauna #native #australia #victoria #photography #volunteer

Another bird shot from our volunteer, Chloe!
Spotted Pardalotes are more often detected by their characteristic call, as they perch high in Eucalyptus trees, although they nest in burrows in the ground!
#funfact #fauna #wildlife #birds #native #australia #victoria

How gorgeous is this Scarlet Robin one of our volunteers saw while on a walk recently!
These birds are found throughout south-eastern and south-eastern Australia in monogamous pairs. The male defends their territory while the female builds the best and incubates the eggs 🐣
#funfact #scarletrobin #native #fauna #australia #victoria #bird #robin #colourful

A great example of the variety in flower heads you can find in wattles!
This Acacia longifolia (Sallow Wattle) and Acacia myrtifolia (Myrtle Wattle) were spotted growing right next to each other 🌿🌿
This type of flower head is known as an inflorescence and is made up of many individual flowers. The round-shaped heads are 'globular' and the long, thin heads are 'cylindrical'
#funfact #acacia #wattle #flowers #australian #native #indigenous #flora

There were 10 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos in this native bush today 😍
Just on a regular, suburban street in Hastings!
Goes to show that every Australian plant counts, no matter where you live! 🌱🌱
#plantnative #native #indigenous #flora #fauna #wildlife #floraandfauna #morningtonpeninsula #victoria #australia #birds #cockatoo

We love these path signs on one of our long term projects 😍
#signage #walking #paths #walkingpath #forest #bushland #nature #outdoors #australia #victoria #morningtonpeninsula

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