Natural features of Western Port
Western Port and its catchment contain many wonderful natural features shaped by geological, hydrological and biological processes over many millions of years.
Human intervention, especially since European settlement, has also had significant impacts on the natural ecosystems and landscapes. Clearance of natural vegetation and draining of extensive regional wetlands to facilitate human habitation and agriculture has had major ramifications on these habitats especially for our internationally renowned migratory birds. This era has also seen damage to the coastal and marine ecosystems of Western Port including devastation of the extensive seagrass communities that underpin the bay’s food and energy chains.
To protect these wonderful natural features and retain vital ecosystem services for future generations, the community needs to better understand what natural assets we have and how to manage them wisely and sustainably. We hope the information provided about some of the natural features of Western Port will engender improved understanding and appreciation of what we have and facilitate improved management approaches.
We invite you to view the video above in which our founding Chairman Professor John Swan describes some of the special aspects of Western Port and its ecology.
Also provided in this section are some insights into the physical features and land uses of the region and examples of the amazing flora and fauna that make up the unique regional ecosystems.
The final section includes studies and monitoring activities covering the environmental health of the catchment, the bay and associated biodiversity.
We acknowledge that our efforts to describe these important features are far from complete and invite constructive comments and contributions that will help us improve the content over time.
Contribute a species
The Western Port Seagrass Partnership wishes to create an electronic record of all native fauna and flora species found living in the region as a historic benchmark of the region's biodiversity. This is a community project, built on contributions by the community, owned and shared by the community of Western Port. The Western Port Seagrass Partnership is simply facilitating the project by creating the framework for the records, accepting the contributions and making them accessible.
How It Works
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