Our work:
We manage over 1805 hectares of Crown Land on Phillip Island that includes beaches, wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. Phillip Island Nature Parks is also home to a number of rare and threatened plant and animal species.

Environment rangers work across a number of areas to protect these habitats and wildlife.  Common tasks for our environment team include:

  • Protection of remnant habitat by control of weeds and fences
  • Revegetation of degraded landscapes by growing and planting native flora
  • Pest animal and weed control
  • Enforce park regulations to protect plants and animals and ensure enjoyment of visitors
  • Fire management to protect people, property and promote natural cycles
  • Assist research projects such as monitoring populations of hooded plovers, Cape Barren geese, shorebirds and seals
  • Wildlife rehabilitation of sick and injured native animals from Phillip Island
  • Working closely with community groups on conservation projects.

Conservation achievements:
Our environment team have made significant achievements in conservation, including:

  • Planting over 250 000 indigenous plants since 1996
  • Rehabilitating the former Summerland Estate back to penguin habitat
  • Installing 4000 artificial penguin boxes on the Summerland Peninsula to encourage little penguins back to former breeding sites
  • Dramatically reducing the fox population on Phillip Island and winning a prestigious Banksia Foundation Environmental Award and Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence for the Fox Free Phillip Island program.

How your visit helps:
We're a not-for-profit organisation. Your visit directly contributes to the conservation of wildlife and habitat within Phillip Island Nature Parks.

"Planting one native tube plant = $2.50"

"One artificial penguin box = $20"

"One metre of boardwalk  = $120"

"Annual cost of operating the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre = $215,000"

penguin box

Planning for the future:
pdf1Download the Environment Plan 2012-17 for further details about our environmental operations in the next five years. (5MB)