We manage over 1805 hectares of Crown Land on Phillip Island that includes beaches, wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. Phillip Island Nature Parks is also home to a number of rare and threatened plant and animal species.
Environment rangers work across a number of areas to protect these habitats and wildlife. Common tasks for our environment team include:
- Protection of remnant habitat by control of weeds and fences
- Revegetation of degraded landscapes by growing and planting native flora
- Pest animal and weed control
- Enforce park regulations to protect plants and animals and ensure enjoyment of visitors
- Fire management to protect people, property and promote natural cycles
- Assist research projects such as monitoring populations of hooded plovers, Cape Barren geese, shorebirds and seals
- Wildlife rehabilitation of sick and injured native animals from Phillip Island
- Working closely with community groups on conservation projects.
Our environment team have made significant achievements in conservation, including:
- Planting over 250 000 indigenous plants since 1996
- Rehabilitating the former Summerland Estate back to penguin habitat
- Installing 4000 artificial penguin boxes on the Summerland Peninsula to encourage little penguins back to former breeding sites
- Dramatically reducing the fox population on Phillip Island and winning a prestigious Banksia Foundation Environmental Award and Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence for the Fox Free Phillip Island program.
How your visit helps:
We're a not-for-profit organisation. Your visit directly contributes to the conservation of wildlife and habitat within Phillip Island Nature Parks.
"Planting one native tube plant = $2.50"
"One artificial penguin box = $20"
"One metre of boardwalk = $120"
"Annual cost of operating the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre = $215,000"
Planning for the future:
Download the Environment Plan 2012-17 for further details about our environmental operations in the next five years. (5MB)