Protecting local biodiversity
Many areas of natural habitat occur within Banyule, providing important refuges for indigenous plants and animals.
Clearing for agriculture and urbanisation has meant that these natural wildlife corridors have been fragmented, restricting how species range, and reducing genetic flow.
Our Bushland Management Unit works to create and maintain natural wildlife corridors along the Yarra and Plenty rivers and the Darebin Creek. They connect patches of habitat and give indigenous plants and animals a greater chance of survival.
Explore Banyule City Council’s 300-plus hectares of bushland reserves.
The VICFLORA database provides illustrated plant profiles and identification tools to help you.
To improve our community's knowledge and appreciation of local biodiversity we offer a variety of programs that connect people to their local bushland areas, parks and reserves in an engaging, educational and social way. We hope the result will be that people will be more likely to help to conserve these natural areas.
You can join an event or workshop and experience planting indigenous vegetation, building nest boxes for local fauna, hand-weeding, litter removal and spotlight night-walks. Run by the Bushland Management Unit with various Friends-of groups, these events are a great way learn more about Banyule’s bushland areas and connect with like-minded people.
Find a Friends-of group
The Bushland Management Unit plays an integral role in protecting Banyule’s biodiversity, which includes site that have been:
- untouched (largely) since European settlement (remnant)
- rehabilitated from naturally occurring seed stock (regeneration), and
- actively planted and restored (revegetation).
Taking action to reduce threats to biodiversity is the main mechanism for protecting biodiversity and result in in healthier ecosystems.
The main threats to biodiversity in Banyule are:
- competition from weeds
- habitat fragmentation through urbanisation
- human created waste and rubbish
- predation by and competition from pest animals
- climate change.
The Bushland Management Unit actively addresses these threats by controlling and removing weeds, planting locally indigenous vegetation, removing litter and dumped waste from bushland areas, and monitoring and controlling pest fauna populations. These actions help to increase biodiversity, which enhances the ability of ecosystems to adapt to a changing climate.
Read the Council’s Biodiversity Plan
Indigenous flora Poster(PDF, 2MB)
Indigenous fauna poster(PDF, 3MB)
Waterways, wetlands and wildlife corridors(PDF, 3MB)