This project will increase biodiversity by enhancing riparian habitat along Balcombe Creek. This includes placement of logs, rocks and nest boxes, revegetation and weed removal (including three WONS) along a 1 km stretch (~4 ha) of public land managed by Mornington Peninsula Shire.
The project comprises two stages. This proposal outlines Stage 1.
Stage 1: Installation of habitat enhancement features, development of educational audio trail, revegetation and weeding along a 1 km stretch of Balcombe Creek
Stage 2: Connection of the trail to Serpentine Wetlands through a 0.5 km extension to Bentons Road. Involvement of additional local schools in the project
Stage 1 Objectives:
1) To reconnect the local community with nature by creating an opportunity for school children and at-risk youth to work with various groups to enhance habitat along a 1 km stretch of Balcombe creek.
2) To enhance habitat for a number of indigenous fauna species in the area, including bats, reptiles, birds, possums and frogs through revegetation, habitat enhancement and weed control
3) To create an educational community audio walking trail along the creek
4) To assess the project's success through photo points, community surveys and fauna monitoring