What can you do to protect biodiversity?
Protect and enhance the bush on your property
Only 30% of native vegetation remains on the Mornington Peninsula, and over half of this occurs on private land – so what you do counts!
Some actions that you can undertake include:
- Protect remnant patches of bush on your property
- Link patches of bush to create habitat corridors
- Protect large old trees, dead and alive
- Create new habitat by allowing the bush to regenerate or planting with indigenous vegetation that is appropriate for your area
- Manage environmental weeds and feral animals
- Learn about the indigenous plants and animals around your area
- Create a wildlife friendly garden
- Join a friends group or Landcare group
You may be eligible for a conservation land rate (formerly the land sustainability rebate) for undertaking some of these actions.
Be a good bushland neighbour
If you live near bushland, our How to be a good bushland neighbour(PDF, 3MB) guide has some hints and tips on how you can reduce your impact on bushland by:
- Being a responsible pet owner
- Not dumping garden waste
- Preventing your garden plants from escaping into the bush
- Not removing important habitat like ground logs.
Have you seen a grapevine near your house or park?
Agriculture Victoria needs your help identifying all the decorative grapevines in the Mornington Peninsula region. Just like a commercial grapevine found in any vineyard, a decorative grapevine can contain phylloxera – a tiny insect that can spread through a vineyard and destroy the vines by feeding on their roots. If you have seen a decorative grapevine, you can use the Snap, Send, Solve app on your smartphone to take a photo of it. The app will send us the photo for inclusion in Agriculture Victoria’s phylloxera inspection program.
Alternatively, you can report the location of a decorative grapevine to Agriculture Victoria by: calling 136 186, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association on (03) 5989 2377.
Download: Have you seen a grapevine near your house or park?(PDF, 2MB)