What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity refers to the array of plants, animals and other organisms that make up our local environment.
Why is biodiversity important to us?
Biodiversity relates to many of the vital services we rely on to keep us alive and healthy. The air we breathe, water we drink and the food we eat all come from biodiversity. So we think it’s pretty important to protect.
Biodiversity is also important as a source of recreational opportunities and provides a strong cultural connection to place.
Biodiversity in the City of Whittlesea
Our municipality is located at the juncture of three bioregions (areas that are defined and differentiated by things like geology, climate, vegetation and soil type):
Highlands Southern Fall Bioregion area in the north east
Features extensive forested areas at the foothills of the Kinglake National Park and west to Eden Park and surrounds.
Central Victorian Upland
An isolated pocket is located in South Morang and Mernda and supports a variety of ecosystems.
Victorian Volcanic Plain
More than half of our area sits on Volcanic Plan, a fertile landscape that supports River Red Gum Woodland and Grassy Woodland Habitats that once dominated, but are now under increasing pressure from urbanisation.
Significant flora and fauna in the City of Whittlesea
We have some of Australia’s rarest species of flora and fauna here in the City of Whittlesea. 52 threatened flora and fauna species have been recorded within our municipality including:
- Regent honeyeater
- Golden Sun Moth
- Swift Parrot
- Australian Painted Snipe
- Matted Flax-Lily
- Australasian Bittern
- Greater Glider
- Clover glycine
- Growling Grass Frog
Have your say - go into the draw to win!
We'd like to hear your suggestions on what we should be doing when it comes to protecting our biodiversity, and how we could work better with the community.
Have your say by Sunday 11 November, and you'll go into the draw to win some great prizes including:
- 1st prize: 2 x Adult Zoos Victoria Memberships (children aged under 16 residing at the same address can be added for free)
- 2nd prize: 1 x Household Membership for Museums Victoria (for 2 adults and up to 4 children)
Have your say:
- Visit our online map to leave a comment or idea
- Come and visit us on October 14 at our Bugged Out Festival
If you're part of a local community group and would like someone to come and speak about our biodiversity strategy at your meeting during October please contact our Sustainability Planning Team.