Devilbend Native Wildlife Protection Project

Devilbend Native Wildlife Protection Project

We are a group of community members with a passion to protect the native wildlife around the Devilbend Natural Features Reserve region of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to protect native wildlife through providing educational workshops, pest plant and animal control and indigenous plantings. Your donations will enable native flora and fauna to thrive in the ecologically-significant Devilbend Natural Features Reserve region.

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Devilbend Natural Features Reserve is a significant area of remnant indigenous vegetation that represents an important component of the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network’s Biolink Plan, which seeks to reconnect Devilbend with Western Port to the east and Arthurs Seat to the south.

Research conducted by Hansi Wegner with the help of volunteers and the Bunjilwarra residents has demonstrated that foxes are destroying more than 90% of the Long-necked Turtle nests at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve.

Our members are passionate about safeguarding our native wildlife and are concerned that the foxes may be negatively impacting the numerous endangered species in our area.

Our project will engage neighbouring landholders to protect native wildlife through delivering educational workshops that will empower landholders to control foxes and promote native vegetation planting to improve habitat.

Much needed funding will enable an experienced feral controller to run a series of workshops to educate and empower landholders and community members within the area about fox control. Providing long-term benefits through promoting the protection native wildlife.

It is also important to restore the bushland on adjacent properties through revegetation and weeding to create a buffer zone for the reserve, increasing effective habitat size.

Restoration of habitat and control of foxes will protect numerous threatened indigenous fauna including Common Long-necked Turtle, Blue Billed Duck, Growling Grass Frog, Eastern Great Egret, Australasian Bittern and Little Egret.

Our aim is to educate local landholders through providing free workshops and improve public awareness through delivering working bees and installing informative signage about protecting our native wildlife.

With your help we can protect our native animals by providing safe habitats within and around Devilbend Natural Features Reserve.


Acknowledgement of photos: Common Long-necked Turtle by Michael Mann, Australasian Bittern by Leigh Pieterse (

2 thoughts on “Devilbend Native Wildlife Protection Project

  1. Geordie Male

    Great work Hansi – happy to get the donations started!

  2. Roger Richards

    Koalas extinct –functionally at least – but who cares?
    This little bit of news seems to have escaped our attention while we voted with our hip pocket nerve for franking credits and negative gearing.
    Koalas are now functionally extinct.
    They can no longer pay a part in the ecosystem. But do we really care? Will we pine for our loss like some people did for the lost Tasmanian Tiger.
    They have disappeared from the Koala Tree at the family farm at Romsey where they were common till the 1980s. They are now rarely seen at Somers where 10 years ago we could show them off to interstate and overseas visitors.
    Since 2010 the Australian Koala Foundation has been monitoring koala populations in 128 electorates. Today not a single one can be found in 41 of those electorates. In Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria habitat diminishes and development increases along with wide roads, heavy traffic, dogs and fences.
    Strong leadership with a clear vision is needed along with a driving passion and a cooperative response by all sectors in our society. We must understand koalas need 100 trees of the right species per animal. Trees take years to mature. And water is needed for these trees to grow. But our focus is still on deforestation.
    Where there is a will there is a way, but who has the will?? Maybe Devilbend Key Biodiversity Area can be part of the solution.

    Roger Richards,

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