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Growing Biodiversity

Biodiversity protects and enhances life.  It includes all forms of life – the number and variety of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms, and their habitats and ecosystems. Biodiversity enhances resilience and in turn ensures our environments can adapt and thrive despite growing pressures like climate change.

The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to working with the community to protect biodiversity and build a resilient future for our City. Biodiversity actions are expected to focus on our local native flora and fauna however biodiversity actions can also be achieved in other areas like private and public gardens, through street tree planting and within our network of parks and gardens, including those set aside as bushland reserves.

To guide this work, Council is developing a Biodiversity Action Plan, and we need you input to help shape it.

Growing Biodiversity Enewsletter

The Environmental Events team run a wide range of free environmental activities and workshops through out the year that are designed to get you outside for exciting, hands on learning about your local environment, plants and animals. This enewsletter is a great way to find out about upcoming events is local parks and reserves.

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Biodiversity Resources

There are many things that you can do to provide habitat for local wildlife, or increase biodiversity in your backyard.

Growing Biodiversity booklet - 8.9MB
Attracting Frogs to your Garden
Attracting Skinks to your Garden
Attracting Parrots to your Garden 
Attracting Honeyeaters to your Garden
Attracting Small Birds to your Garden 

Nesting box project

Many Australian animals rely on tree hollows to raise their young. These animals include:

  • most parrot species
  • kookaburras
  • owls
  • wood ducks
  • possums
  • microbats (tiny bats) 
  • sugar gliders.

The clearing of many large, old, hollow-bearing trees removed the habitat of these animals. So, Council installed nesting boxes for them.

Schools joining the Habitat, Hollows and Nesting Box Program have helped Council create hollows in dead old trees and logs.

Take a walk to see the nesting boxes along Dandenong Creek Reserve or in Fotheringham Reserve.  

Get involved in the City Nature Challenge

Greater Dandenong has joined forces with seven other Councils in Eastern Melbourne - Boroondara, Whitehorse, Maroondah, Monash, Manningham, Stonnington and Knox, to compete together as Melbourne against cities from around the world in the annual City Nature Challenge.

During the four-day observation period from 30 April to 3 May 2021, Greater Dandenong residents are invited to find, photograph and document the native flora and fauna that lives and grows in our neighbourhoods.

Working together to find and document nature in our area helps scientists and land managers study and protect these species. By joining the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make Greater Dandenong a better place – for you and other species.

Get involved

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app from Apple store or Google Play.
  2. Look out for wild plants and animals to photograph during the observation period.
  3. Upload your photographs to the app.

You can do this on your own or you can join us at one of our free events that will be led by local champions and passionate experts.