Protect native flora and fauna

How to protect local wildlife

Injured wildlife

If you find an injured, sick or orphaned native animal please contact Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535.

Cat confinement

Please keep your cat in at night. Cats naturally prefer to hunt from dusk till dawn when native wildlife are most active. By confining your cat inside during these periods you can help in protecting native wildlife. You can also protect your cat at night as most cats are injured at night time, by either being hit by a car or fighting with other animals. Keeping your cats indoors at night means your cat is safe and healthy.


Litter can injure wildlife or even kill them. Small containers trap small mammals while plastic litter can choke and suffocate birds as well as marine life. Any litter dropped on streets and roads end up in our local creeks and eventually Port Phillip Bay.

Cigarette butts

Cigarette butts dropped on the ground wash into our rivers and streams when it rains ending up in the ocean. The nicotine and chemicals in cigarettes can kill wildlife. Cigarette butts are the largest item of litter and contain lead, arsenic and cadmium which then leaches into the streams and our bay. Please place your but in the bin or carry a bin bucket in your bag to prevent this.

Native flora and fauna and the law

Local plants (flora) and animals (fauna) are protected by Commonwealth, State and local Planning laws. You may need a permit to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation, remove rocks, accept landfill, boom spray weeds and other activities. Check with Council before you do any of these things to see if you need a permit.