Biodiversity is the variety of life in an area including the animals, plants and micro-organisms, the genes they contain and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
Conservation of biodiversity is important for a healthy environment that supports life, human well-being and economic sustainability within our municipality. Biodiversity provides us with fresh air, clean water and plant pollination - contributing to food security.
Frankston City's biodiversity is found on public and private land. We are working to link patches of habitat by creating wildlife linkages through the landscape.
Our biodiversity is subject to a wide number of threats including weeds, pest animals, vegetation removal and climate change. Protection and management of our native plants and animals is essential for the long-term health of our natural environment.
What you can do to help to help our local biodiversity
- Install nest boxes.
- Plant indigenous plants, including trees, shrubs and ground covers.
- Leave large logs on the ground for habitat.
- Remove threats to biodiversity like weeds and litter
- Restrict access to sensitive areas to avoid damage to plants
- Retain large old trees on your property
Watch the below video to learn more about biodiversity and our precious natural environment:
How can you help?
You can help monitor and conserve Frankston’s Biodiversity by downloading the iNaturalist App and joining Frankston City Council’s Biodiversity Project. Members can record observations of plants, animals and even fungi through the app or website. Photos and audio clips are uploaded and shared between members, identified and verified by other experts and data can be contributed to the Atlas of Living Australia.
Biodiversity Policy and Biodiversity Action Plan (2021-2036)
Council is committed to maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment and recognises the importance of supporting resilient ecosystems. These ecosystems should be connected by a network of biolinks (wildlife corridors) that provide benefits for the entire community, for present and future generations.
The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) was adopted by Council in November 2021. It has been developed with a vision for a municipality where the community values and supports the conservation of local biodiversity and where the ecosystems, biolinks and healthy waterways enhance the liveability of our municipality and foster strong community connections with nature over the next 15 years and beyond.
Through extensive community consultation and research, the BAP has developed 89 actions to be delivered over its 15 year lifespan to ensure Frankston’s biodiversity is protected and enhanced for current and future generations. The actions focus on improving community connections with nature, enhancing ecosystem health, establishing wildlife corridors and protecting flora and fauna and their habitats. Its implementation will result in enhanced and resilient ecosystems and provision of multiple ecosystem services for our community.
The BAP has a 15-year lifespan and integrates with the other Council environmental, climate change and health and wellbeing policies, strategies and plans.
Technical Report for the Biodiversity Action Plan:
The Biodiversity Action Plan Technical Report provides a comprehensive review of the current state of biodiversity within the municipality and the evidence which informs the rationale for investment in the Action Plan.