The City of Whittlesea has a number of resources available if you are interested in native plants. You can find these documents here.
The state government also has some online resources that you can find in the useful links page. We will publish a blog post shortly on how to make the most of these online tools.
Wattles of the City of Whittlesea
We have produced a Wattles of the City of Whittlesea booklet to help you learn about local wattle species. The booklet covers some interesting facts about wattles and a detailed identification guide for 23 species that are known to occur in the area including seven species known to be environmental weeds. Click on the cover below to download a copy of the booklet or you can request a hard copy by calling the Land Management and Biodiversity Team on 9217 2471.
We have also started an online collection of photographs on Natureshare. It’s a great online resource to help you identify the Wattles of Whittlesea and Surrounds. Anyone can contribute to the collection so start uploading your photographs today! Even if you don’t know the species you can still upload a photo and someone will identify it for you.
Does anyone have difficulty in identifying the local eucalypts ?
We have produced a Eucalypts of the City of Whittlesea booklet to help you identify the local eucalypt species. The booklet includes an identification guide to 21 local species including 18 indigenous and 3 non-indigenous species. The booklet includes a handy key and great photos of various identifying features: juvenile and mature leaves, flower buds, fruits and bark. Click on the cover below to download a copy of the booklet or you can request a hard copy by calling the Land Management and Biodiversity Team on 9217 2471.
We’ve also started a Eucalypts of Whittlesea and Surrounds collection on Natureshare. If you’re uploading photographs to identify the species, it’s best to upload photos of a number of features like the bark, buds, fruits and leaves as some eucalypts can be notoriously difficult to identify. Anyone can contribute to the collection so start uploading your photographs today!
Native Vegetation along the rural roadsides is an important part of our City’s landscape and provide important habitat for our local wildlife. What remains on the roadsides is representative of the types of vegetation that would have occurred more widely across the region and is often all that remains in largely cleared agricultural landscapes.
There are some roadsides containing particularly high quality vegetation and these are marked with Significant Roadside Area signage. These areas are actively managed by Council for their conservation values. Contact Council’s Sustainable Land Management Officer on 9217 2471 for more information on City of Whittlesea’s roadside conservation programs.
All Native Vegetation is protected in the City of Whittlesea and there are planning restrictions on what can be removed.
Roadsides are Crown Land managed by the City of Whittlesea and landowners are not permitted to destroy or remove native vegetation from along roadsides and the roadside collection of firewood is not permitted in the City of Whittlesea. Click here for information on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website regarding firewood collection locations in State Forests.