Earlier this year, we engaged ecological consultants, Practical Ecology, to create a biodiversity inventory and corridor study for the municipality.
A total of 54 sites, consisting of open space reserves, pocket parks, streetscapes, public gardens and sports ovals, across Stonnington have been assessed to better understand the state of our biodiversity. municipality.
Among other things, the study provides the Council with:
- the current state of native biodiversity
- our flagship species of flora and fauna
- habitat corridors throughout the municipality
- the best ways to protect and enhance biodiversity values throughout the municipality.
The study will help inform how the Council works in our urban environment, from our plantations to future strategic land acquisition and construction projects. This will improve physical habitats and encourage foraging, nesting and shelter for urban wildlife, and ultimately benefit the many native species that share our urban environment.
The importance of habitat connectivity
The study identified existing areas of habitat connectivity and those that could be improved to provide better habitat connectivity in the future.
Habitat connectivity describes the corridors in our landscape that allow species to move between habitats while maintaining their natural behaviors.
In our urban environment, habitat connectivity is especially important to allow native wildlife to move through our municipality safely and happily.
These results will inform priority areas for the Council to work towards improving habitat connectivity in Stonnington and helping local wildlife to thrive.
Meet Stonnington’s flagship wildlife species
Despite being a heavily urbanized municipality, Stonnington is home to a wide variety of species.
The study identified 12 flagship wildlife species to guide specific habitat improvement strategies.
- Nanjing night heron
- Hard head
- mighty owl
- Gang Gang Cockatoo
- sacred kingfisher
- Spotted pardalote
- Common blue-tongued lizard
- Marbled Gecko
- Eastern Common Frog
- Hissing tree frog
- Grey-headed flying fox
- Little long-eared bat
Australian bird counting
From October 17-23, you can take part in your own biodiversity survey and one of Australia’s largest citizen science events, the 2022 Aussie Bird Count.
Simply count the number of birds you see in your backyard, balcony or local park over a 20 minute period and submit your sightings via the Aussie Bird Count app.
The biodiversity inventory and corridor study followed an initial biodiversity study conducted in 2007 that informed projects such as the Yarra River Biodiversity Project (2019) and the Gardiners Creek Master Plan (KooyongKoot ) (In progress).
One of the key actions identified in our Climate Emergency Action Plan (2021 – 2024), to thrive in a changing climate, is to protect and enhance biodiversity.