Protecting plants and animals

Read our guide to encouraging biodiversity in your garden and find out about projects to protect our wildlife.

The City of Port Phillip's landscape was once dominated by indigenous plants and animals, and is now replaced by urban development. 

Council is always looking for opportunities to enhance and protect the vegetation and animals that call our City home and we have a number of strategies to support this. But the majority of land in the City is in private ownership.

This means we need your help to support biodiversity in our city.

How to encourage biodiversity in your garden

Read our Grow Wild guide (PDF 3.9MB) with native species to create a habitat garden in your backyard, balcony or school.   

The Eco Centre team reveal some surprises in these videos that may make you see and appreciate the wildlife around you in new ways.  

Ben from the Port Phillip EcoCentre explains how to find a dinosaur in your backyard or local park.

Neil from the Port Phillip EcoCentre explains why Coast Banksias are an important species

The Port Phillip EcoCentre has many great videos on bird watching, creating habitats, and ways to look after our local environment. 

Indigenous plant use booklet

View the Indigenous Plant Use booklet, with information on more than 50 indigenous plant species and explore their cultural, nutritional, technological and medicinal use. The booklet was created by Barkandji woman Zena Cumpston, and contains plant labels that you can print and use in your own garden. 

NatureSpot citizen science project

In order to protect what we have, we need to know the plants and animals are already living in our City. Recently, we asked community members to record the plants and animals they saw in their neighbourhoods as part of our citizen science project NatureSpot. 

The data collected has informed our Draft Biodiversity Plan. Actions within the plan will help to create wildlife corridors so that animals can move around safely, have the right things to eat, and the right types of shelter. 

About the Biodiversity Plan

Along with the data collected through NatureSpot, consultants have been conducting vegetation surveys, fauna surveys and even had microphones out and about listening in for Microbats.  We’ve also be working with the Boon Wurrung Foundation, Port Phillip EcoCentre, a community reference group and staff across Council to inform this new draft biodiversity action plan. This plan will be available soon.

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