Plants

Native Gardening

Native Splendour is a gardening guide to Manningham's local plants, designed to help you find plants that will enhance your garden and are perfectly suited to local climate and soils. It includes tips for planning and planting your garden. View the Icon for application/pdf Native Splendour - Indigneous Plants Guide (4.68 MB)

Land Management

The Manningham Land Management Guide aims to help small property owners improve management of their land to the benefit of the local environment. View:

 

Animals

Help for Native Wildlife

Should you have concerns about the health and safety of native wildlife please telephone Help for Wildlife 24hr service 0417 380 687, or Wildlife Victoria 24hr service 1300 094 535 or visit Wildlife Victoria.

Frogs

For information about the frog census, see Melbourne Water's Healthy Waterways Frog Census

The Amphibian Research Centre provides further information about frogs.

Ants

Ants Down Under is a CSIRO website providing information on ant biology, identification and distribution.

Managing Horses

The Managing Horses on Small Properties Course aims to provide owners and keepers with comprehensive management strategies for keeping healthy horses and pastures on small properties.

The course outlines how to:

  • Implement good property management practices
  • Reduce illness and injury to your horse/s
  • Allow more natural behaviour for your horse/s
  • Reduce feed bills
  • Avoid spending money on the wrong facilities
  • Increase the value of your property and improve the environment

 

Ecology

 

Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms: plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part. For more information, visit Department of the Environment.

Biodiversity Incentive Program - LEAF

The LEAF program provides applicants with a site visit to educate the landowner about their property’s assets and how to manage threats. Education about bushland management techniques and ways to manage pastures for soil conservation and horticulture are among the many things taught.

LEAF grants provide financial assistance and education to control pest plants and animals, including weeds and rabbits, who pose significant threats to the productivity of a property's production zone, such as grazing, and to the integrity and conservation of bushland ecology.

To apply, download the Icon for application/pdf LEAF Biodiversity Incentive Program 2015-16 (59.9 KB)Icon for application/pdf Biodiversity Incentive Program 2016-17 (46.14 KB)

The RELEAF grant is a more generous grant for properties with high ecological values. Receiving this grant requires a commitment to a three year land management plan.

Sites of Biological Significance

Sites of biological significance are areas of remnant indigenous habitat which can be local, regional, state and national areas.  For more information, download our Icon for application/pdf Sites of biological significance (2.41 MB).

Mosses, Liverworts, Fungi and Lichens

This brochure, produced by the Manningham, Whitehorse, Banyule and Nillumbik Councils, illustrates some of the mosses, liverworts, hornworts, fungi and lichens within Melbourne's Middle Yarra region and surrounds. View the Icon for application/pdf Mosses, liverworts, fungi and lichens (966.8 KB)