Native Flora and Fauna
Murrindindi Shire is a rural environment home to a spectacular range of indigenous flora and fauna.
There are some 2,168 recorded native plant species, and 393 recorded native fauna species in the Murrindindi Shire. Around 49 of these species are protected under state and federal environmental legislation.
Our native flora and fauna habitats are susceptible to invasion by pest plants and animals, encroachments of farming activities and urban development, firewood collection, road maintenance and construction works, inappropriate fire prevention activities and the installation and maintenance of utility services.
These activities, when managed inappropriately, have the potential to negatively impact on habitat for flora and fauna.
Indigenous Flora and Fauna
Much of indigenous flora and fauna is protected under state legislation, specifically the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, and Wildlife Act 1975, and federally under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Threatened Fauna Species
Some examples of threatened fauna emblems include:
- Spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)
- Smokey mouse (Pseudomys fumeus)
- Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)
- Helmeted honeyeater (Lichenostomus malanops cassidix)
- Stripped legless lizard (Delma inpar)
- Spotted Tree Frog (Litoria spenceri)
- Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)
Threatened Flora Species
Some examples of threatened flora emblems include:
- Round Leaf Pomaderris (Pomaderris vacciniifolia)
- Purple Diuris (Diuris punctata var. punctata)
- Crimson Spider Orchid (Caladenia concolor)
- Buxton Gum (Eucalyptus crenulata)
- Snow Berry (Gaultheria hispida)
Plants in your Patch
Murrindindi Shire Council in partnership with the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network has published a booklet which displays a range of native flora understory species that are found commonly in Murrindindi Shire, particularly on our roadsides.
Click here(PDF, 14MB) to download a copy, or contact Council's Environmental Unit to obtain a printed copy on 5772 0333.
How can you help?
You can help enhance habitat for wildlife by planting indigenous vegetation and managing weeds in your garden and/or property. You can also join an environmental group to support projects that improve your local environment. For more information see the Sustainability - in the community webpage.
Flora and Fauna Sightings
Local residents play an important role in providing us with information on flora and fauna sighting records around the Shire. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries Biodiversity Atlas database does not always give us the full picture and while extensive surveying has been done, it gets outdated quickly.
We would appreciate your assistance by telling us when you spot something special! You can let us know by emailing the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Contact number
- Description of what you have sighted
- Location of sighting
- Date of sighting
- Attach a photo if possible
Aussie Backyard Bird Count
In 2014, as part of Birdlife Australia's National Bird Week celebrations, Birdlife Australia ran the first ever Aussie Backyard Bird Count. This citizen science endeavour enables everyone from school children, senior citizens, families and community groups to participate in capturing a snapshot of Australia's birds and assists to raise the profile of bird species throughout Australia.
From 19 to 25 October 2015 Murrindindi Shire Council participated in the program, with 57 participants from the community registered and 158 observers taking part. Click here(PDF, 537KB) to view the findings.
Further information and Useful links
Upper Goulburn Landcare Network (UGLN): runs community based projects stretching from revegetation, to water and salinity monitoring, field days, wildlife walks and surveys. Visit: http://ugln.net/.
Upper Goulburn Fire Recovery Project: Since the February 2009 Fires, the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network has been working with landholders and local communities in the Murrindindi and Mitchell Shires to rebuild and rehabilitate the local environment on private property. Visit www.landcarefirerecovery.blogspot.com.au/ .
Focus on Fauna: is a wildlife fire-recovery project in the Flowerdale and Strath Creek areas that investigated how local fauna had been recovering since the 2009 bushfires. It's a community project set up by local Landcare groups to survey wildlife on fire-affected private property in Murrindindi Shire during 2011. Visit www.focusonfauna.wordpress.com/ .
Strath Creek Biodiversity Project: is a two-year initiative, funded by the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund. This project will build links of native vegetation across private land in the fragmented landscape of the King Parrot Creek. Visit www.strathcreekbp.wordpress.com/ .
Spotted Tree Frog Monitoring Program: Our very own Still Creek and Toponga River is one of only 13 river systems in Australia that houses the endangered Spotted Tree Frog. A monitoring program was established in 1991 in this area, and further information can be found at www.zoo.org.au/healesville/animals/spotted-tree-frog .
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA): Check out the GBCMA Biodiversity Strategy and current projects for information on a range of flora and fauna projects from across the catchment. Visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au/default.asp?ID=land_and_biodiversity .
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (formerly DELWP): is the state government department holding ranges of data, mapping and tools on assessing biodiversity values across Victoria, including records of flora and fauna species. Visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/biodiversity .