Our Natural Environment and Biodiversity

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Our natural environment is a key part of what makes the Peninsula a special place to live, work and visit.

The Peninsula is home to an incredible range of special plants, animals and places.

We’re working with our community to ensure our natural environment is healthy, valued and protected through our Biodiversity Conservation Plan.

Help protect our natural environment

  • Get out there - people who spend time in nature are more likely to act for nature. Enjoy the Peninsula’s national parks, bushland reserves and coastal areas.  Visit my neighbourhood or our parks and reserves directory to discover reserves near you. For information on walks, take a look at the Visit Mornington Peninsula website.
  • Get involved - Volunteer for nature our try some citizen science. With a network of over 60 Friends Groups and 10 Landcare groups volunteering across the peninsula, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. For more information, visit our environment - get involved page.
  • Be a champion for nature - inspire family and friends with your great nature experiences. Join the Mornington Peninsula Biodiversity project on iNaturalist and share photos of your local nature finds on the citizen science app. 
  • Enjoy nature in your own backyard - Backyards across the peninsula are a great place to experience biodiversity, providing important habitat for local wildlife like Short-beaked Echidnas, Blue-tongued Lizards, Tawny Frogmouths and Koalas.
  • Join our Gardens for Wildlife program and learn how to create your own wildlife garden to provide habitat and refuge for local fauna see Gardens for Wildlife page.
  • Conservation on your property - If you live on a rural property and have remnant native vegetation, the Shire offers a Conservation Land Rate to eligible properties to encourage best practice conservation land management. For more information visit the Conservation land rate page.
  • Be a responsible pet owner - Cats and dogs are part of our family unit, and it’s our responsibility to control their wandering habits. Allowing your pets to roam increases predation and stress which can force wildlife out of the landscape completely. By being a responsible pet owner, you can reduce a direct threat to local wildlife. Visit the responsible pet ownership to find out more.

About the Peninsula’s natural environment

Projects & Initiatives