Mornington Peninsula works to strengthen nature links.

A PROJECT to strengthen the nature link between two of the Mornington Peninsula’s largest parks: Greens Bush and Arthurs Seat, was launched on Saturday 29 April.

Greens Bush, between Arthurs Seat and Cape Schanck, is the largest remnant of bushland on the peninsula. Surrounded by farmland, the area contains a variety of vegetation types, making it a wildlife haven and excellent place for nature walking.

Arthurs Seat State Park is a prominent feature in the landscape at 314 metres. Apart from views of the bay, city skyline, You Yangs and Mt Macedon, the park is home to species including the brown bandicoot, koala, tree goanna, southern emu-wren and wedge-tailed eagle.

Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network and the Port Phillip & Western Port Catchment Management Authority are launching the project which is being coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network.

It aims to restore native vegetation on up to 25 private properties through revegetation, weeding and fencing of remnant bushland.

A grant of $300,000 over four years by the Victorian Government’s “Our Catchments, Our Communities” initiative led by Water Minister Lisa Neville getting it up and running.

“The project is bringing to life the exciting vision of local landholders and community members and will have significant environmental and community benefits,” Landcare facilitator Dr Jacqueline Salter said.

“This work will help threatened animals, including the Powerful Owl, White-footed Dunnart, Lewin’s Rail and the Swamp Skink, as well as contribute to healthier waterways in the Drum Drum Alloc Creek and Splitters Creek catchments.”

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Images: above, BirdLife Mornington Peninsula with other environment groups involved in creating the link between Greens Bush and Arthus Seat, and Lewins Rail by Andrew Silcocks