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Above: Small Leaved Clematis Clematis microphylla in seed.

Environmental Projects 2006 -16

Fox Control

Since introduction into Australia in the 1850's, the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) has spread across the continent and is responsible for the extinction of many small to medium sized native animals and ground nesting birds. Foxes carry many diseases that infect both wildlife and domestic animals. These include hydatids, distemper, parvovrius, canine hepatitis, heartworm and sarcoptic mange. Sarcoptic mange is transmitted to native wombats that die a slow, painful death from the disease.

With the above in mind the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula, in partnership with a number of other organisations, initiated a Fox Control Program on the peninsula. In 2007 the program began with an experienced, registered contractor laying soft jaw traps, the most humane method currently available. In ten days 36 foxes were caught, including 17 females.

In March 2008 the program was expanded to include adjoining farmlands and Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, where shooting and baiting are the most effective control methods. The ongoing fox control program now includes a combination of soft jaw trapping, shooting, baiting, cage trapping and a community fox watch to report fox sightings.

We hope this program will provide Venus Bay’s endangered Hooded Plovers, other ground nesting birds and small native animals a greater chance of survival.

Hooded Plover Monitoring

Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula has joined forces with other volunteer groups along the south east coast of Australia to support Birds Australia’s Hooded Plover recovery program. The flyer below explains the plight of Hooded Plovers at Venus Bay and what you can do to help. Click on the flyer to enlarge.

     

Venus Bay Indigenous Gardens

Since 2005 Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have been establishing demonstration gardens showcasing the beauty and diversity of the local indigenous coastal plants. The gardens include information signs and are located on two sites.

 Site A. Venus Bay Indigenous Gardens
27 Canterbury Road, Venus Bay, Vic.

Site B. Coast Banksia Woodland
Cnr Louis and Canterbury Roads, Venus Bay Vic.

 

 

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 Venus Bay Bridal Creeper Control Program

Since 2005 Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have been working to control a Weed of National Significance (WoNS) threatening coastal vegetation at Venus Bay. Bridal Creeper Asparagus asparagoides has invaded dense coastal bush land on private properties, public reserves and roadsides at Venus Bay. Approximately 40 hectares of Coast Banksia Woodland and Coast Tussocky Grasslands are threatened by this difficult to control environmental weed.

Helpful websites for weed control information:

Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula gratefully acknowledge support from South Gippsland Landcare, Parks Victoria, CoastCare Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment and the National Asparagus Weeds Committee.

Salt Marsh Protection

The construction of a bird hide platform to protect the Anderson Inlet salt marsh next to the Venus Bay boat ramp and jetty has been a major project of the ‘Friends’ for 2009-10. The location is described by Birds Australia as one of the most significant water bird sites in Victoria.

A bird hide platform along with the closure of the area from the car park was chosen as the best option to prevent the continuing degradation of the salt marsh by the intrusion of 4 wheel drive vehicles. The platform was completed in March 2010 and Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula volunteers have commenced replanting the degraded areas.

Beach 1 Car Park Re-vegetation

Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have partnered with Parks Victoria to re-vegetate the expanded car park at Venus Bay Beach 1. In winter 2010 more than 1,500 indigenous plants and shrubs were planted on the site, including native grasses, flowering shrubs, ground covers and trees. Each year since 2010 the Friends have led volunteer working bees to maintain and improve on the initial plantings. This project has been supported by two Parks Victoria Community Grants over six years.

 We look forward to seeing the hardy coastal plants thriving in future years.