Environment

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Vegetation

Mornington Peninsula National Park, Point Nepean National Park and Arthur's Seat State Park contain the largest and most important areas of native vegetation remaining on the Mornington Peninsula.

Native vegetation communities include coastal dune scrub and grassy forests, banksia woodlands, coastal heathlands, heathy woodlands, riparian forests, and swamps.

A number of vegetation communities, particularly coastal grassy forests, banksia woodlands and sand heathlands, have been greatly depleted since European settlement and are of particular conservation significance.

Animals

The park is home to 32 mammal species, 167 birds, 22 reptiles, seven amphibians and two freshwater fish species.

Greens Bush supports the largest population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the Mornington Peninsula. Highfield is a good area for viewing kangaroos.

Regionally important species include:

  • White-footed Dunnart
  • Long-nosed Bandicoot
  • Black Wallaby
  • Singing Honeyeater
  • Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
  • Blue-winged Parrot
  • Hooded Plover.

This park has some of the best breeding habitat in Victoria for the threatened Hooded Plover, making it very important to balance visitor recreation with their conservation. When visiting the park during late spring and summer, you will see signs and fences around active nest sites. Please ensure that you avoid disturbing the breeding sites.

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