Two Great Ramsar Wetlands Project

The Two Great Ramsar Wetlands project is a five-year project that aims to bring key agencies, land managers and community groups together to reduce the threats to the Port Phillip and Western Port Ramsar sites through landscape-scale actions including pest animal and weed control, revegetation, habitat augmentation and community engagement and education.

The project is support by the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

  • Project period: 2018-23
  • Location: Port Phillip Bay and Western Port
  • Partners: Nature Glenelg Trust, Parks Victoria, French Island Landcare

Year one review

2018-19 was the first year of the project. A comprehensive INFFER (Investment Framework for Environmental Resources) assessment involving extensive stakeholder collaboration was completed to assist with prioritising investment into the future. The assessment resulted in a list of priority sites and activities that will be incorporated into the remaining four-years of the project.

Parks Victoria and French Island Landcare successfully trapped and culled 26 feral cats on French Island in 2018-19, contributing to the long-term goal of eradication. French Island Landcare have implemented a responsible pet ownership program, involving domestic cat sterilisation, GPS collaring, a domestic cat database and free micro-chipping.

Nature Glenelg Trust established a monitoring program to assist with a hydrological study of The Spit Wildlife Reserve. This study will help to inform a restoration strategy for 60 hectares of primary waterbird and shorebird habitat along Port Phillip Bay near Point Wilson.
Parks Victoria also completed pest animal control and monitoring of Black rats on Reef Island. Rangers have been trialling new control
techniques to improve effectiveness and reduce non-target interactions.

The focus for 2019-20 is developing new partnerships with key stakeholders to implement INFFER assessment recommendations and expanding pest animal control efforts.