North Western Port Nature Conservation Reserve Terrestrial Herbivore Management

Addressing biodiversity priorities for the North Western Port Nature Conservation Reserve including Quail Island terrestrial herbivore management

North Western Port Nature Conservation Reserve supports terrestrial components of the Westernport Bay Ramsar site and important habitat for many threatened and migratory species. This project builds on previous successful eradication of feral pigs from Quail Island within North Western Port Nature Conservation Reserve. Feral pigs are a major environmental pest species that wreak havoc on Australia’s fragile landscapes. To ensure feral pigs are not reintroduced into the area this project will deliver critical monitoring to ensure continued success of eradication and protect fragile vegetation communities including Saltmarsh and Mangrove, Dry Forest and Woodland, Wetland and Waterbodies. Additional future monitoring surveys are also proposed on Saltmarsh regeneration post feral pig eradication.

This project has utilised Strategic Management Prospects (SMP) modelling to consider latest science and cost-benefit effectiveness aiming to maximise and enhance biodiversity benefits of the project within the landscape. North Western Port Nature Conservation Reserve is a priority location for controlling pest herbivores under Protecting Victoria’s Environment- Biodiversity 2037 (Bio2037), with a cost-benefit ranking in the top 5% for action (feral pigs) across the whole state.

This project has been identified as a high priority under the Western Port and South-East Melbourne Conservation Action Plan.

Top: Western Port Bay showing location of the North Western Port NCR. Bottom: Priority locations for pig control (pink top 20%, dark purple top 5%).

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native vegetation
Other Themes:Waterways, Native animals, Coasts
Primary Local Area:Casey, Cardinia & Baw Baw
Other Local Areas:Western Port
Project location:Quail Island and targeted areas of the North Western Port Nature Conservation Reserve
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Parks Victoria
Key partners:Melbourne Water, Department of Environment Land Water & Planning, City of Casey, Agriculture Victoria
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:North Western Port Nature Conservation Reserve is around 750 hectares and has the ability to contribute to the RCS target for 120,000 hectares of sustained pest herbivore control in priority locations from 2017-2037.
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Undertake weed or pest herbivore control to maintain and enhance vegetation quality in priority areas
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:Ramsar – Western Port Ramsar site – Ecological character maintained or improved

More information

Western Port and South-east Melbourne Conservation Action Plan
https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/biodiversity/working-together-for-biodiversity