Frankston supports a diversity of wildlife (fauna) including some endangered and threatened species. Mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fish and invertebrates need to be able to move through landscape to escape predators and find food, mates and shelter.
Within urbanised landscapes, wildlife populations can become isolated to a few small patches which may eventually lead to local extinction. Fauna linkages play a vital role in restoring 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. Fauna linkages build stronger and 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.
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