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Little Dog Island

Corner Inlet
Gunaikurnai Country
150 acres
Habitat Managed
Coastal Saltmarsh, Estuarine Wetland and Mangroves
Habitat Types
Orange-bellied Parrot and internationally listed wader bird species
Target Species

Carbon Landscapes is working with Nooramunga Trust, Rendere Trust and EcoGipps to manage a conservation island near Wilsons Promontory in South Gippsland. The 150-acre island is located in Corner Inlet, a Ramsar-listed Wetland of International Importance and a nature haven for threatened fauna and migratory birds, including the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. Little Dog Island is of strategic importance in protecting coastal saltmarsh, a crucial habitat requirement for the Orange-bellied Parrot, within a well-managed reserve system.

Threatened Species

Little Dog Island represents an outstanding example of coastal saltmarsh, a distinctive ecological community found within inter-tidal zones with suitable mudflats. Saltmarsh habitat has become increasingly scarce, due to degradation from multiple sources, including urban development along Victoria’s coast, altered drainage, and sea-level rise. Target species that we are aiming to protect on the island include the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot, the Long-nosed Potoroo and a variety of internationally listed migratory wader birds that visit the island each year.

What needs to be done?
  • Work in partnership with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation to explore opportunities to develop and implement joint projects to improve Country
  • Determine feasibility of establishing a predator proof fence between island and mainland at low tide to prevent predators going on to island
  • Reintroduce target fauna species (i.e., Long-nosed Potoroo) onto island
  • Continue fox and cat control program
  • Continue flora monitoring to determine changes impacted by rising sea levels
  • Undertake fauna survey program in partnership with Water Technology
  • In partnership with Enviro eDNA, initiate ongoing eDNA surveys to determine fauna species on island
What are we doing?
  • Protecting and enhancing existing endangered Coastal Saltmarsh on island
  • Working in partnership with Water Technology to determine future sea level rise impacts and developing appropriate adaptation management recommendations
  • Undertaken a floristic survey of the property to understand how to best manage the property’s vegetation
  • Installed camera traps surveys to start benchmarking the presence of native fauna species on the property
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