State of Biodiversity Report

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:

  • 700 species of indigenous plants (6% of which are threatened);
  • 400 species native animals (20% of which are threatened);
  • 22,00 ha (or 30%) of remaining native vegetation;
  • 65 vegetation types (including 5 threatened vegetation communities); and
  • Major threats including land clearance, environmental weeds, feral animals.

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

The report has been prepared to assist the Shire in developing our Biodiversity Conservation Plan, which establishes strategies and actions to help us achieve best practice management for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity on the peninsula. A draft of this plan is on public exhibition now until 20 February 2019, see our Have Your Say: Draft Biodiversity Conservation page for more information.

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If you'd like updates on the Biodiversity Conservation Plan, or would like to hear about other biodiversity-related events, register your details on our biodiversity sign up page.

More information

You can also take a look at the plants of the peninsula and wildlife of the peninsula pages, learn how environmental weeds and feral animals threaten our biodiversity, and find out what the Shire is doing and what you can do to help protect our native plants and animals.