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Biodiversity

The City of Kingston occupies a significant portion of Melbourne’s ‘sandbelt’ which is on the western edge of the Gippsland Plain bioregion. It includes a range of soil types, especially sandy soils and habitats ranging from inland sand dunes, through creeks and wetlands, to coast buffs and dunes.

There are 72 EVC listed for the Gippsland Plain bioregion, however thirty-three (33) EVC occurred in Kingston prior to European settlement, many of these have been lost or greatly modified. Currently there are 30 EVC represented within Kingston, 16 of these EVC are found within Councils NRA. The important remnants of these vegetation communities support a range of indigenous flora and fauna. 

The indigenous flora of Kingston comprises approximately 470 species of ferns and flowering plants (‘higher plants’) while the fauna comprises approximately 274 species of vertebrates (‘higher animals’). 

Some examples of EVC found within Councils NRA are:

EVC Name

EVC no.

Kingston Status

Example of location

Coast Banksia Woodland

2

Endangered

Foreshore Reserve (Bonbeach)

Coastal Headland Scrub

161

Vulnerable

Foreshore Reserve

(Mentone to Parkdale)

Estuarine Reedbed

952

Vulnerable

Mordialloc Creek Reserve

Sand Heathland

006

Endangered

The Grange Heathland Reserve, Mentone Foreshore