Our Biodiversity

The Mornington Peninsula is a unique place when it comes to biodiversity – it is home to an incredible range of plants and animals, including species and areas of regional, state, national and international significance.

For the first time, information on the peninsula’s biodiversity values – their extent, condition and threats - has been brought together in the State of Biodiversity Report for the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Drawing on data from scientific, government and community sources, this comprehensive report is essential reading for anyone interested in the peninsula’s natural environment. In this report you’ll find information on our:

  • nearly 700 species of indigenous plants (6% of which are threatened);
  • over 400 species native animals (20% of which are threatened);
  • 22,00 ha (or 30%) of remnant native vegetation;
  • 65 vegetation types (including 5 threatened vegetation communities);
  • significant wetland habitats, including the internationally significant Western Port Ramsar site, and Tootgarook Swamp;
  • 18 creek catchments with 440 km's of waterways; and
  • Major threats including land clearance, environmental weeds, pest animals.

Download the report: State of Biodiversity Report(PDF, 6MB)


Biodiversity Conservation Plan 

The Shire's Biodiversity Conservation Plan, adopted on 13 August 2019, establishes strategies and actions to protect and improve the resilience of the Mornington Peninsula's natural landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity. Actions outlined in the Plan are focused on six key areas:

  • Engaging with the community and building stewardship;
  • Facilitating biodiversity conservation on private land;
  • Protecting biodiversity through planning and policy;
  • Building a strong knowledge base;
  • Demonstrating and leading best-practice land management; and
  • Building ecosystem resilience in a changing climate.

The Biodiversity Conservation Plan supports and complements biodiversity components of the Shire's other recent placed-based strategic plans, including the Green Wedge Management Plan and Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan.

Download the plan: Biodiversity Conservation Plan 2019(PDF, 5MB)


More information

To discover more about our biodiversity, take a look at the plants of the peninsula and wildlife of the peninsula pages, learn how environmental weeds and pest animals threaten our biodiversity, and find out what the Shire is doing and what you can do to help protect our indigenous plants and animals.