AUSTRALIAN NATIVE GRASSLANDS
THE BATTLE TO SAVE MELBOURNE’S DISAPPEARING GRASSLANDS
The rapid development of Melbourne’s suburbs is putting huge pressures on the city’s last remaining grasslands and urban habitats. It is also putting at risk the future survival of many threatened species, including the Growling Grass Frog and Golden Sun Moth, which, even in an urban jungle, need healthy habitat to survive.
Victoria’s native grasslands once stretched from Melbourne to Portland; with Scientists estimating that since European settlement 90-95% of these grasslands have been destroyed, and that as little as 1% remains as high quality habitat.
The VNPA are fighting to save these remaining grasslands from disappearing forever and need your help protecting these unique ecosystems for the benefit of all life.
Help save Melbourne’s grasslands and give
threatened species a chance!
The grasslands around Melbourne contain abundant native plants and animals – in many ways they are like an ecological Noah’s Ark. These include the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth, the Plains Wanderer, Growling Grass Frog (pictured) and Striped Legless Lizard, plus numerous important native plants such as the critically endangered Plains Rice-flower and Matted Flax-lily.
Often called wildflower meadows by enthusiasts, native grasslands are a uniquely Victorian part of our natural heritage.