wildlife and plants

The relationship between native habitat and wildlife is quite simple – the more habitat we have, the more plentiful and diverse the wildlife will be. Conserving what we have and restoring areas that have been degraded are the first steps in providing this habitat. Connecting these areas of habitat is the third vital step because it gives endangered species sufficient area to maintain the genetic diversity necessary for long term survival. Basalt to Bay constantly works towards these goals, not only in our key projects but through working with landholders, corporations and government agencies.

Below you will find a gallery of amazing photos of local wildlife, and further down, local native plant resources relevant to the Moyne Shire and City of Warrnambool region.

These photos were all taken within the Basalt to Bay footprint by Board member Steve Hynes.

Native plants in south west Victoria

 Plants of the Great South West (2013) by Kevin Sparrow, published by the Australian Plants Society, Warrnambool and District Group. This book provides 350 pages of full colour photographs with plant descriptions, locations, sizes, habitats and propagation details. It has maps showing bioregions of the south west and distribution zones of different species. This book is great for gardeners and farmers, with information about indigenous plants of all sizes from ground-covers to trees.

Copies of this book are available from the author by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ecolinc Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains. This website has heaps of great materials including a field guide that lists native and introduced species that can be found on the western volcanic plains. The site has an education focus, including resources for students and teachers, as well as being very useful to residents and landowners.

You can also see similar information about the wildlife in the field guide for fauna of the western volcanic plains with great photos and descriptions of all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and insects.