The Mornington Peninsula is a unique place when it comes to biodiversity – it is home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals, including species and areas of regional, state, national and international significance.
Nearly 700 species of indigenous plants have been recorded on the Mornington Peninsula – representing almost one fifth of Victoria’s flora. Mapping of the native vegetation on the peninsula has shown that we are one of the most ecologically diverse local government areas in Victoria, with over 60 vegetation types mapped.
The diverse natural environments on the peninsula provide range of habitats for wildlife - over 400 species of native animals have been recorded here, including: 293 species of birds; 34 mammals; 31 fish; 25 reptiles and 11 frogs.
Mornington Peninsula Shire undertakes a range of programs to protect and enhance biodiversity in Shire-managed reserves.
Indigenous eucalypt trees are an important part of the Mornington Peninsula's landscape. Find out what the Shire is doing to protect eucalypt trees and what you can do on your property.
Weeds are a major threat to our natural environment, and also impact agricultural production and can damage recreational, tourism and cultural values.
Pest animals, including foxes, cats and rabbits, significantly impact on native plants and animals and their habitats.
The Shire undertakes a range of actions that support biodiversity conservation on the peninsula.
Only 30% of native vegetation remains on the Mornington Peninsula, and over half of this occurs on private land – so what you do counts!
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service.
Visit: National Relay Service
TTY/voice calls: 133 677 Speak and listen: 1300 555 727 SMS relay: 0423 677 767
Please be aware that CCTV cameras are in operation at a number of Shire buildings, including municipal offices, recreation centres and youth centres.
Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledges and pays respect to the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people, the traditional custodians of these lands and waters.