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
14 Jul 2014
A job that would have taken Parks Victoria Rangers Kirraly and Dannica hours to complete was done in less than half an hour thanks to some new volunteer hands at Brimbank Park. It was hard rubbish collection week, and someone had decided to use a heap of materials left in…
27 Jul 2014 9:30am-1:30pm
Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands invite you to join them in planting shrubs under the trees in Shepherds Bush next to Nortons Park. BBQ lunch provided. Families welcome.
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000...Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000 grant towards the work they do for endangered bandicoots and would like your vote.Timeline PhotosThe bandicoots are crossing their tiny paws and hoping for your help - just click to vote and help us win $5,000 to look after them! http://sunsuperdreams.com.au/dream/view/help-protect-endangered-bandicootsView post | Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13.46
The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the wee...The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the weekend. Pictured are Ranger Craig Campbell in the new winter office and new addition to the team Ranger Snowman!View post | Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09.36
Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a tr...Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a truck carrying apples lost its load last Thursday and spilled off the road and onto the Main Yarra Trail. Unable to get machinery onto the trail, about 22 Parks Victoria staff spent most of the day removing the apples and other debris. They managed to retrieve about 30 boxes of apples which were put onto a barge and floated down the Yarra River to Burnley Harbour, then loaded onto a truck and delivered to Melbourne Zoo as a special treat for the Zoo’s elephants. Parks Victoria’s Ranger in Charge Dave Moore, who had spent most of Thursday collecting apples, was delighted to pay a visit to the Zoo to see the elephants enjoying their unexpected windfall. Photo credits: Elephant with apple by David Caird courtesy of the Herald Sun Other images courtesy of Melbourne Zoo.View post | Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11.51
Parks Victoria’s major upgrade to St Georges Lake dam is well underway, with 200...Parks Victoria’s major upgrade to St Georges Lake dam is well underway, with 200 mega litres of water drained from the lake since late June to allow for the safe reconstruction of the dam wall. A zoologist employed to monitor wildlife at the site tracked a number of water rats evacuating the area over the last few weeks since the drawdown commenced. The animals have found new temporary homes in surrounding creeks and waterways. Visitors are encouraged to stay away from the lake bed for their own safety. To find out more about the project: http://bit.ly/1nhwx2iView post | Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16.02
The cold snap hitting Victoria saw snow blanketing Mt William and other parts of...The cold snap hitting Victoria saw snow blanketing Mt William and other parts of the Grampians National Park today. Many thanks to our dedicated team of rangers who braved the cold to get these photos. Stay warm!View post | Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16.25