Working together to protect Phillip Island’s wetlands

11 December 2019

As part of the new Two Great Ramsar Wetlands project, the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA will soon be partnering with Phillip Island Nature Parks to help protect and enhance the ecological values around Rhyll Inlet and Observation Point on Phillip Island, which form part of the internationally important Western Port Ramsar site.

This project is a continuation of a long-standing partnership with the fantastic staff at Phillip Island Nature Parks, who work tirelessly to protect Victoria’s native wildlife, including the iconic Little Penguin.

Over the next four-years, Phillip Island Nature Parks will deliver targeted pest animal control at these sites to reduce the impacts of feral cat predation on waterbirds and shorebirds.

In addition, extensive weed control will be completed to improve the quality and extent of native vegetation and habitat vital for a range of native species.

The project is supported by Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

You can visit this amazing wetland via a walking track and boardwalk, starting at Conservation Hill Reserve (via Cowes-Rhyll Road), which takes you through beautiful bushland and mangroves.