We’re planning for a more resilient and diverse natural environment. Our proposed goals and actions are detailed in the Draft Nature Strategy 2020–24.
We asked you to review our goals for the next 4 years and share feedback between Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 19 December 2019. Your feedback will help us finalise our Nature Strategy for 2020-24.
Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback on the draft strategy. Find out what we heard.
Yarra’s natural treasures
We carried out a major study between 2014 and 2016 that helped us better understand Yarra’s plant and animal species.
We discovered that there are at least 430 plant species in Yarra (including 7 threatened species), and more than 200 of these are native to the area. At least 278 animal species (birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs and insects) rely on local habitats.
Yarra features a wonderful variety of ecological areas, from the wetlands in Alphington to the grassy woodland in Burnley Park and the shrub land in Halls Reserve. With its 12 species of freshwater fish (including 3 rare species), Dights Falls is a site of State significance.
Larger urban parks such as Edinburgh Gardens and Darling Gardens provide 'stepping stones' across the Yarra landscape between larger areas of habitat.
Our Draft Nature Strategy 2020–24 will help us protect and enhance these natural treasures.