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 - Indigenous Planting Guide (2nd Ed) (5.66 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:

Help for native wildlife

Should you have concerns about the health and safety of native wildlife please call our emergency response number 8400 7300 or visit Wildlife Victoria.


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

The Amphibian Research Centre provides further information about frogs.


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

Managing horses - discount online equiculture course

Equiculture, short for equine permaculture is a holistic online horse property management program.

It encompasses sustainable farm and pasture management techniques designed with equine welfare and natural behaviour in mind. The program is delivered digitally, with participants able to learn at their own pace. Fifteen modules teach participants all about healthy soil and pasture, managing weeds, mud and erosion, property design and layouts as well as managing for optimal equine health.

The program is internationally renowned and is already used by many properties throughout Nillumbik. Completion of the Equiculture course can also be incorporated into the Pony Club Australia K or C* certificates.

To learn more visit the course webpage.

Manningham Resident Offer

Course price reduced from $389 now $50 with special residential code.

This promotion is only open to Manningham residents and we have a limit of ten places.

To receive your discount code email our Environment Education Officer on


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.

You can apply for assistance to preserve your bushland or view more information about Land Mangement Grants on our website.

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)(966.8 KB)

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