Under the Lens

Seahorse twins (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Seahorse twins (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Photo by: Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Location: Under the Lens

Camera used for Under the Lens photography

Camera used for Under the Lens photography

Photo by: Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Location: Under the Lens

Camera set up at Refuge (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Camera set up at Refuge (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Photo by: Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Location: Under the Lens

Leatherjacket in strapweed

Leatherjacket in strapweed

Photo by: Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Location: Under the Lens

Nudibranch on sponge (photo: Norman Femwick)

Nudibranch on sponge (photo: Norman Femwick)

Photo by: Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Location: Under the Lens

Basket star on sea whip (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Basket star on sea whip (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Photo by: Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Location: Under the Lens

The Under the Lens project is a collaboration between Parks Victoria and Museum Victoria to collect high quality imagery and video of Victoria’s marine national parks and sanctuaries. In 2008 an initial pilot project commenced and in 2010 the partnership was formalised. To date, ten MPAs have been surveyed by Under the Lens divers including Port Phillip Heads, Wilsons Promontory, Corner Inlet and Yaringa marine national parks, and Beware Reef and Ricketts Point marine sanctuaries.

The project not only generates fascinating imagery, it also incorporates basic surveys of marine life. For example, Under the Lens divers have discovered many new species in Victoria’s waters throughout the duration of the project. 

The broad aims are related to informing management and include:

  • Developing flora and fauna checklists for the marine national parks and sanctuaries to help fill gaps in our knowledge of biodiversity
  • Conducting surveillance for introduced species to enable early detection and response to pest invasions
  • Documenting broad-scale changes in habitat (and species) condition and where possible measure physical parameters to help establish causal links to help inform management responses
  • Documenting changes in distributions of species and habitat in response to climate change.

The partnership with Museum Victoria is ongoing and will address the above aims and collect imagery from various other marine national parks and sanctuaries.

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Funding for the critically endangered Plains-wanderer

08 Jun 2017

Ensuring suitable habitat for the critically endangered Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus) is the focus of a $300,000 funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity On-Ground Action initiative.Bruce Wehner, Parks Victoria Regional Area of Work Coordinator,said Plains-wanderers are a grassland bird species with very specific habitat requirements, which must be managed using…

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Australian Birdlife In Danger

5 Jun 2017 10:00am - 3 Jul 2017 3:00pm

An exhibition of beautiful bird photos taken by Dr. Rohan Clarke will be presented in the upstairs rooms of Coolart Homestead during June. The photos are from Dr. Geoffrey Maslen's 'An Uncertain Future - Australian BirdLife In Danger.

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Special koala tree planting day

25 Jun 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

Enjoy a day in the outdoors, connecting with nature and helping koalas in the You Yangs Regional Park and the Western Plains near Melbourne. You will search for koalas, take walks through bushland with naturalists and remove weeds and plant trees for koala habitat in the company of a highly…

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Koala Conservation Day for Locals

2 Jul 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

Enjoy a day in the outdoors, connecting with nature and helping koalas in the You Yangs Regional Park and the Western Plains near Melbourne. You will search for koalas, take walks through bushland with naturalists and remove weeds and plant trees for koala habitat, in the company of a highly…

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Wilsons Promontory Winter Discovery Program

3 Jul 2017 9:00am - 14 Jul 2017 4:00pm

Parks Victoria’s Discovery program encourages children and adults to explore Victoria’s parks with a ranger. Programs run every school holidays across the state and include a range of fun and interactive activities. Highlights of the Winter Discovery Program at the Prom include opportunities to: * Visit the Prom’s Nursery and…