Ecosystems are generally recognised by the characteristic vegetation they support. Victoria’s land area supports a wider range of ecosystems than any area of a similar size in Australia: alpine, mallee, grasslands and grassy woodlands, forests, heathlands and heathy woodlands, inland waters and estuaries, and coasts.
Victorian natural ecosystems support at least:
- 3140 native species of vascular plants
- 900 lichens
- 750 mosses and liverworts
- 111 mammals
- 447 birds
- 46 freshwater and 600 marine fish
- 133 reptiles
- 33 amphibians
- an untold number of invertebrates, fungi and algae.
This richness, in the number of different ecosystems and different species, and the genetic variety they exhibit — is what we call biodiversity.
Parks play a crucial role in protecting Victoria’s ecosystems including the numerous habitats, floral and faunal communities and ecosystem services (e.g. clean air, clean water) they support.
Parks protect 93 per cent of Victoria’s native flora species and 86 per cent of native fauna species. Our ecosystems are a scientific, cultural, spiritual and economic inheritance that is distinctly Victorian, and one that we must conserve and manage for future generations.
Marine ecosystems are the combination of the animals and plants which depend on each other in some way that make up marine communities, and the physical environment and supports them. Victoria’s marine environment is shaped by the high energy cool waters of the Southern Ocean and the relatively calmer but warmer waters of the south-western Pacific. Our marine ecosystems have developed independently from other major marine regions of the world which has resulted in many species being found nowhere else.
Victoria’s marine ecosystems support more than 12,000 species of marine animals and plants, most of which are found nowhere else in the world
27 Jun 2014
Parks Victoria and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority are working together to protect saltmarsh habitats in and around Port Phillip as part of a $1.29m Australian Government program over five years to undertake revegetation and pest plant and animal control in areas that are critical for endangered species such as…
10 Jul 2014 5:30pm-10:00pm
Come and discover Melbourne's nocturnal wildlife on this behind the scenes spotlight tour. We will be looking out for the Eastern Barred Bandicoots and learning about the program to save them from extinction. We start the evening with spectacular sunset views from Gellibrand Hill, followed by an Aussie BBQ under…
11 Jul 2014 10:00am-11:30am
In small teams, solve fun challenges and uncover clues to reveal the identities of some unique creatures that live from shore to sea in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
11 Jul 2014 6:00pm-8:30pm
Low key, fun, club racing in the Kurrajong
12 Jul 2014 2:30pm - 13 Jul 2014 9:00am
Note: The Lyrebird Survey is now fully booked. Thankyou to everyone who responded. The Annual Lyrebird Survey is a fun way to get involved in Kinglake National Park, learn more about lyrebirds and their habitat, and witness the spectacular male lyrebirds performing their song to woo the passing females during…
A group of students with refugee backgrounds from Bendigo Senior Secondary Colle...A group of students with refugee backgrounds from Bendigo Senior Secondary College recently enjoyed a camp to Wilsons Promontory National Park. The trip was organised as part of a Parks Victoria program to connect diverse communities to parks. The 27 students from the Karen people (of Burma) spent four days camping at Tidal River where they swam, climbed Mt Oberon, went for walks and went fishing in the river. They also spent time with Indigenous ranger Luke Johnson, who shared his knowledge about the park and showed them how to throw a boomerang. Luke said it was great to see the students having such a good time in the park, especially as many of them had not experienced the coast before.View post | Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16.27
The Australian Alps: 8 Wonderful Winter ShotsView post | Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09.22
Calling all landscape architects - AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Archi...Calling all landscape architects - AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has been invited to be the exclusive creator of a pop-up park within the IUCN World Parks Congress. The design focus is a curated public space within the main pavilion at Sydney Olympic Park. http://www.aila.org.au/news/2014/140702-wpc2014.htm If you have a vision to convey the health and wellbeing benefits of urban spaces, then they want to hear from you!View post | Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17.12
Great work!Great work!http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/p100x100/10514570_807898905907007_5499830968556920008_n.jpgFriends of Agnes FallsProgress Report, Tuesday 8 July 2014........Here they are! Some new picnic tables installed, looking great, and already in use!!(And the new toilet block almost finished.)View post | Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12.18
http://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t1.0-9/p100x100/10462472_767337893289357_4438508424688380133_n.jpgDEPI Loddon MalleeDEPI Land and Fire Officer, Tim, took these snaps at Gunbower recently, which show Reedy Lagoon filling with water due to the North Central CMA's environmental watering.Just a reminder if you're heading to Gunbower for school holidays or to have a squiz at how the Forest looks with the environmental watering, that some roads and tracks may be closed.However, access to the forest is still available on the higher elevated areas including the River Track and Koondrook Track.To find out exactly how you can get to the perfect campsite, check the public access map on DEPI's website http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/visiting-parks-and-forests/visiting-state-forests/public-access-map or call DEPI on 136 186 orParks Victoria on 13 1963.To minimise risk to public safety and prevent damage to roads, some roads and tracks will be closed during the environmental water delivery. These roads will be progressively reopened as water subsides. Penalties apply for breaching road closures, damaging gates or driving off-road.For information about environmental watering, contact the North Central CMA on 03 5448 7124 or www.nccma.vic.gov.au.View post | Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09.28