Quail Island and Chinaman Island Introduced Predator Management

Pest predator control in priority sites for biodiversity enhancement

Quail and Chinaman Island is situated within the Western Port Bay Ramsar Site. The island supports the habitat of native flora and fauna including threatened species- Bandicoot spp. and resident and migratory shorebirds. This project will complement proposed pest herbivore works by delivering strategic pest predator control to protect native fauna and reduce threats to migratory birds.

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. Quail Island is a priority location for controlling pest predators under Protecting Victoria’s Environment- Biodiversity 2037 (Bio2037), with a cost-benefit ranking in the top 20% for actions (cat & fox control) across the whole state.

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

Left: Quail and Chinaman Island. Middle: Priority locations for fox control (pink top 20%). Right: Priority locations for cat control (green top 20%).

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native Animals
Other Themes:Native Vegetation
Primary Local Area:Casey, Cardinia & Baw Baw
Other Local Areas:Western Port
Project location:Priority locations on Quail and Chinaman Islands
Scale of the project:Local
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Parks Victoria
Key partners:City of Casey, Department of Environment Land Water & Planning, Melbourne Water
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:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Quail Island and Chinaman Island is all a priority location and has the ability to contribute to the RCS target for 40,000 hectares of sustained predator control in priority locations from 2017-2037.
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Undertake pest predator control to protect native animal species 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