Biodiversity is the variety of all living things; the different plants, animals and micro organisms; and the ecosystems they form.
Council’s Growing Biodiversity approach is the overarching program that works towards engaging everyone in our municipality to focus on growing biodiversity in their backyard and neighbourhood.
Council provides a range of resources, educational displays, events and community planting days to educate and inspire adults and children to do what they can to increase biodiversity.
The bushland areas are fragmented, which makes it difficult for animals to move safely from area to area and by planting up our backyards with habitat plants to attract animals we not only provide shelter, food and nesting options, we also provide green corridors for them.
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Nesting Box Project
Many Australian animals rely on tree hollows to rear their young. Most parrot species, kookaburras, owls, wood ducks, possums, microbats (very small bats) and sugar gliders all nest in hollows. The problem with this is that many of our larger, old, hollow bearing trees have been cleared. To address this, Council has been installing nesting boxes, with the assistance of schools participating in our Habitat, Hollows and Nesting Box Program and we have also been creating hollows in old, dead trees and logs.
To see some of our nesting boxes take a stroll along Dandenong Creek Reserve or Fotheringham Reserve.
Biodiversity Blitz - Our Local Wildlife Needs You
The City of Greater Dandenong has joined with the City of Casey to record indigenous plants and animals that live across our neighbouring municipalities. All you need is a mobilie phone.
Using the free iNaturalist App, take a walk around your neighbourhood to help capture local species by snapping it on your phone or tablet and uploading these sightings. There is a competition between the two Councils on who can record the most species. Council will be offering prizes for individuals and school entrances into the competition.
What you need to do:
Step 1 - Download the iNaturalist App on your smartphone or tablet. For iphone users search for iNaturalist App under your App Store, and for android users search for iNaturalist App under your Play Store. Download this App.
Step 2 - Register online iNaturalist Greater Dandenong to participate
Step 3 - Start recording
The iNaturalist App is easy to use and there is a community on iNaturalist that can help you with identifying your species. It is a great way to learn about local plants and animals and get involved in local conservation.
The competiton will run from 1 September to 16 October 2020.
Winners will be announced Friday 23 October 2020.
Please respect our plants and wildlife when taking photos. Spring is nesting season for many birds and flowering time for many orchids and herbs so try not to damage or disturb our plants or animals.
If you see young birds on the ground, please leave them unless they are obviously injured. They are fledging the nest and learning to fly, and their parents will be close by. For more information visit RSPCA Victoria.
If you come across injured wildlife, please contact Wildlife Victoria on (03) 8400 7300.
Please act within the COVID-19 restrictions. We encourage people to log records within your own backyard within the first two weeks of September.
If you would like to learn more, join iNaturalist veteran Tricia Stewart from the Cranbourne Gardens who will present on the basics of iNaturalist and answer all your iNaturalist questions.