Frankston supports a high diversity of wildlife (fauna) including some endangered or threatened species. Mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fish and invertebrates need to be able to move through the landscape to find food, mates, shelter and escape from predators.
Within urbanised landscapes, wildlife populations can become isolated to a few small patches, eventually resulting in local extinctions. Fauna linkages are a vital component for restoring the connectivity for aquatic, ground dwelling and tree-dwelling animals in an urban landscape. These linkages provide connections between areas of habitat which would otherwise be isolated. Creating fauna linkages builds stronger more resilient ecosystems by aiding the functioning of critical ecological processes such as migration, breeding, seed dispersal and pollination. Linking the landscape is also vitally important for maintaining healthy and diverse plant communities.
The Frankston Fauna Linkages and Crossing Structure Design Study was prepared for Frankston City Council to provide a detailed technical reference document to facilitate a strategic approach to the protection and enhancement of wildlife corridors and design of fauna crossing structures.