Weeds are a major threat to our natural environment and can:
- Smother Indigenous vegetation
- Prevent regeneration of Indigenous plants
- Reduce habitat and displace native fauna
- Harbour pest animals such as rabbits and foxes
- Choke waterways, increasing flooding and reducing water quality
- Increase fire risk
- Alter hydrological and nutrient cycles.
Environmental and noxious weeds also impact agricultural production and can damage recreational, tourism and cultural values. Our Weed Control page provides access to lots of useful resources, including the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s weed guide, Karamu identification brochure and video, and the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network’s Weed Control Calendar.
Planting Indigenous plants provides habitat and food for our local wildlife and are in keeping with the natural amenity of the local area. For information and advice for revegetation your property, our Revegetation Page has lots of valuable resources including information on the ‘Benefits of Planting Indigenous Plants’, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Revegetation Guides, Ecological Vegetation Classes, The ‘Practicing the Three Rs of Restoration’, contact information for local Indigenous Nurseries, a ‘How to Plant’ Information sheet and more.
Many animals introduced to Australia have become pests. Pest animals negatively impact on Australia’s agriculture, biodiversity, natural and built environments, public health and productivity. Introduced foxes, cats and rabbits are a leading cause of biodiversity decline extinction in Australia. The Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network encourages landholders to control pests on their properties, and wherever possible do so in a coordinated approach. Information and resources are available on the Pest Animals Page .
SMALL RURAL PROPERTY GUIDE
We have produced a valuable resource for new landholders – the Small Rural Property Guide containing information on common land management issues including weeds, pests, bushfires & native plants & animals as well as a useful directory of contacts and resources.
Each month the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network issues an informative newsletter packed with information including updates on current projects, upcoming events, practical advice regarding agricultural and environmental issues and much more. It’s easy to subscribe, just click on the ‘subscribe button’ located on the right of any page. If you are after copies of previous newsletters, these are available via the Newsletters resources tab.
For a great list of free ecological and natural resources sites visit the Southern Peninsula Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association (SPIFFA) Webpage.