Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation
Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation Landcare Group
The Mornington Peninsula Koala conservation group aims to raise awareness of the challenges koalas face on the Mornington Peninsula. We will assess the current population size and will identify and implement initiatives to reverse the decline and securing the future of the local koala population.
The group will work with authorities, other Landcare groups in the MP Landcare Network, businesses and private landholders to improve habitat and reduce key threats to koalas. Download our membership flyer here: Koala_Conservation_Tri_Fold_V4 FINAL
Image: Michael Mann
What you can do:
* Preserve and plant native trees, especially Manna Gums, Swamp Gum, Messmate Stringybark
• Control invasive weeds such as Ivy, Karamu and Pittosporum which compete with local native trees
• Be aware of koalas while driving especially at night and keep dogs on leads
Our group will endeavor to create corridors of native vegetation to increase koala habitat.
For more information for landowners and to get involved on your property please contact us.
Facebook: Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation
Phone: 0422 522 622
Did you know?
Our small population of koalas on the Mornington Peninsula is in trouble? One of the main reasons is habitat loss, due to past and current land clearing. We have only 18% of remnant indigenous vegetation left on the peninsula, Koalas rely solely on leaf from eucalypts to feed and they need to feed constantly due to their slow metabolic rate.
Koalas need to travel large distances to source food and find mates. On the peninsula, patches of remnant vegetation are not connected well enough for them to move safely across the landscape without risking getting hit by vehicles or dog attack. A 2016 study by Deakin University has found 69% of koala habitat is on private property and koalas are not thriving on the Mornington Peninsula, with no record of breeding. Help us save our koalas!
Trees for Koalas on the Mornington Peninsula
Manna gums are a favourite tree of koalas. Depending on where you live, you can plant either Coastal Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis subspecies pryoriana) or Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis subspecies viminalis). Coast Manna Gums are medium sized, fast-growing, excellent shade trees which provides food and habitat for birds, sugar gliders, possums and caterpillars, as well as koalas. Manna Gums (not Coastal) grow larger and are found further inland. If you have damp areas, you can plant Swamp gums (Eucalyptus ovata), which are small to medium-sized trees found in wet areas which also provide important food for nectar-feeding birds in winter.
Other eucalypts of value to our local koalas are: Narrow-leafed Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus radiata) Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua) Silver-leafed Stringybark (Eucalyptus cephalocarpa) Snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) (Mt Martha/Moorooduc region only) The most important thing is to check which Eucalypts are suitable for your area. Check the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s plant guides: https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Activities/The-Briars/Shire-Nursery https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Your-Property/Environment/Flora-Fauna-Biodiversity/Wildlife-of-the-Peninsula The coloured areas on the map below show where one or more of the above trees is suitable for planting. The only areas not suitable for koala tree planting are the Nepean Peninsula and some coastal areas (the white areas).