Useful Websites

Links/Useful Websites

Mornington Peninsula Shire pamphlets

How to be a good Bushland Neighbour
http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Files/IM_BushlandBrochure.pdf

Mornington Peninsula Indigenous Planting Guide
http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Files/Nusery_MornPeninsulaPlantGuide.pdf

Guide to Indigenous Plants and Problem Weeds of the Nepean Peninsula
http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Files/Nursery_NepeanPenPlantGuide.pdf

Weeds of the Mornington Peninsula
http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Files/WeedsBrochure.pdf

Mornington Peninsula Fauna Guide
http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Files/Nursery_MornPenFaunaGuide.pdf

Friends Groups and Environmental Organisations

Frankston Beach Association
– aims to assist Frankston City Council to preserve and improve the natural features of the Frankston Foreshore Reserve and to develop a higher quality beach environment for the benefit of the local community and visitors
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~fbainc/

Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association (IFFA)
- http://www.iffa.org.au/

Mount Eliza Association for Environmental Care (MEAFEC)
– devoted to safeguarding the natural environment of Mount Eliza.
http://www.meafec.asn.au/

Southern Peninsula Indigenous Flora & Fauna Association (SPIFFA)
http://www.spiffa.org/

Sunshine Bushland Reserve
– a close neighbour of BERG
http://www.sunshinereserve.com.au/

Victorian Environment Friends Network
–This site provides the contact details for the Friends Groups of Victoria’s National Parks and Reserves.
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~friends/

For native plants, animals and weeds

Amphibian Research Centre:
– dedicated to research and conservation of Australia’s unique frogs
http://www.frogs.org.au

Australian Museum – Spiders
– provides a wide range of information on Australian spiders
http://australianmuseum.net.au/Spiders

Australian Wildlife Assistance, Rescue & Education
– a wildlife rescue group dedicated to helping sick, injured and orphaned wildlife from around the Mt Eliza area to Melbourne
www.awarewildlife.org.au

Birds Australia
– a national organisation working for the conservation and protection of Australia’s native birds and their habitats
http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au

Gardens for Wildlife
– aims to encourage and recognise wildlife-friendly gardens and environment-friendly practices in urban gardens
http://www.gardensforwildlife.dpiw.tas.gov.au/gfw.nsf

Insect photos
– the site of an enthusiastic insect photographer, with a wonderful gallery of insects, many but not all of them identified
http://www.pbase.com/mkpower/canon_300d

Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises
– a not-for-profit organisation that provides training, education and support services to disadvantaged young people. Its nursery provides most of the Balcombe Estuary Rehabilitation Group’s plant for the reserve.
http://www.mpye.org.au/index.htm

Native plants, animals and weeds

Salinity Indicator Plants
- information on and photos of a wide range of salt-tolerant plants (indigenous and weeds), including those found in the areas of salt marsh in the Balcombe Estuary Reserves. Part of the Victorian Department of Primary Industry’s collection of Victorian Resoures Online.
http://vro.dpi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_a

Invasive Plants
- lots of information on weeds, and links to other weed websites. Part of the Victorian Department of Primary Industry’s collection of Victorian Resoures Online
http://vro.dpi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/lwm_pest_plants

BirdLife Australia
- a national organisation dedicated to achieving outstanding conservation results for Australia’s native birds and their habitats. BirdLife Australia, launched in January 2012, brings together two existing organisations: Birds Australia and Bird Observation and Conservation Australia.
http://birdlife.org.au/

Penboc
– the Mornington Peninsula branch of Bird Observation and Conservation Australia
http://www.penboc.org.au/

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/rbg-cranbourne

Spiders of Australia
– aims to show the common spiders of Australia by means of colour photos and some informative text.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/Spidaus.html

Twitcher’s Corner
– bird photographs by Keith Hindley, a Frankston photographer
www.twitcherscorner.com

Victorian Frog Group
– provides information on Victoria’s frog species and a sound file for identification.
http://frogs.org.au/vfg/

Weeds Australia
– promotes access to key weed policies, regulations, current issues, national initiatives, research, extension, training and personnel.
http://www.weeds.org.au/

Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Fungi Group
– aims to widen members’ knowledge of fungi in the field, conducting regular field forays and meetings. Site includes reports of forays with information on fungi found . http://www.fncv.org.au/fungi.htm

Fungimap
– dedicated to improving knowledge and conservation of Australian macrofungi.
http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/fungimap/home

Bill Leith’s Fungi Pages
– a useful website providing information on fungi and fungi identification, and a substantial photo gallery for identification.
http://www.elfram.com/fungi/fungi_home.html

Action and Support Groups and Programs

Australian Marine Conservation Society
– the only national group devoted solely to protecting the marine environment. The site provides the latest marine news, issues and periodicals.
http://www.amcs.org.au/

Australian Wildlife Conservancy
– committed to saving Australia’s native wildlife from the very real threat of extinction, by creating reserves to protect habitat and threatened species, and establishing new populations where threatened species have become locally extinct. The site provides details of their projects.
http://www.australianwildlife.org/

Coastcare
– the site provides information about the Coastcare program and ways in which Coastcare supports community involvement in the management, protection and rehabilitation of Australia’s coastal and marine environment.
http://www.coastcare.com.au/

Conservation Volunteers Australia
– involves the community in conservation projects in urban, regional and remote Australia. The site provides information on the program and how people can become involved.
http://www.atcv.com.au/

Environment Defenders Office
– an independent, non-profit, public interest legal service specialising in environmental law. It provides legal advice and representation on environmental and planning issues, provides community legal education and makes submissions to Government on relevant legislation. The site provides information about the organisation as well as current environmental policy initiatives.
http://www.edo.org.au/edovic/

Field Naturalists Club of Victoria:
– a vigorous and practical advocate of conservation and the study of natural history. The site provides information on the special interest groups within the FNCV, the club’s program of meetings and excursions, a report of recent meetings and an outline of ongoing research activities.
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~fncv

Greening Australia – Victoria:
– works in partnership with landholders, the community, government and business to tackle environmental degradation in a practical, apolitical, scientific way. The site provides information on Greening Australia’s activities, including their education and training
http://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/

Landcare
There are over 5000 landcare groups around Australia funded by the Commonwealth Government. The Landcare program aims to balance the needs of farming productivity and nature conservation. This site contains information about Landcare and the groups involved.
http://www.landcareonline.com.au/

Trust for Nature
– a non profit organization which aims to conserve remnant bushland on private land through conservation covenants. The site contains information about the organisation and its programs.
http://www.tfn.org.au

Victorian Landcare
http://www.landcarevic.net.au/

Victorian National Parks Association
–Provides a wide range of information on aspects of the environment and Victoria’s parks and wilderness areas.
http://www.vnpa.org.au

Waterwatch Victoria
– part of a national community water quality monitoring program. Enables groups to link with each other, share discoveries, compare findings and build a picture of the health of waterways across Australia.
http://www.vic.waterwatch.org.au/

Other relevant sites

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au

Melbourne Water
http://melbournewater.com.au

Ecological Society of Australia
– a professional organisation established to promote ecological research and communication.
http://www.ecolsoc.org.au/publications.html

Links to relevant websites

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