Reef Island and Bass River Mouth Nature Conservation Reserve Introduced Predator Management

Pest predator control in priority areas for biodiversity enhancement

Reef Island and Bass River Mouth Nature Conservation Reserve supports terrestrial components of the Westernport Bay RAMSAR site and important habitat for many threatened and migratory species including Red-capped Plover, Pied Oystercatcher, Fairy Tern, Grey-tailed Tattler and Swamp Skink. This project will deliver strategic feral predator control to protect native biodiversity of the reserve.

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. Reef Island and Bass River Mouth NCR is a priority location for controlling pest herbivores under Protecting Victoria’s Environment- Biodiversity 2037 (Bio2037), with a cost-benefit ranking in the top 20% for action (fox & cat) 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: Reef Island and Bass River Mouth NCR showing location of the Reserves. 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, Coasts, Estuaries
Primary Local Area:Bass Coast, South Gippsland & islands
Other Local Areas:Western Port
Project location:Priority locations of the Reef Island and Bass River Mouth Nature Conservation Reserve
Scale of the project:Local
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Parks Victoria
Key partners:Bass Coast Landcare Network, Phillip Island Nature Parks, 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:Reef Island and Bass River Mouth Nature Conservation Reserve is 297 hectares 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

Priority species – Eastern Curlew, Orange-bellied Parrot and/or Hooded Plover – Trajectory improved

Priority species – Eastern Barred Bandicoot – Trajectory improved

More information

Western Port and South-east Melbourne Conservation Action Plan