Little Dog Island was purchased by Carbon Landscapes and partners in 2022. 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. This purchase is of strategic importance in protecting more saltmarsh habitat within a well-managed reserve system.
Saltmarsh communities also include a range of habitats such as mangrove wetlands, saline meadows, grasslands and sedgelands. These habitats support many threatened fauna species including fish, migratory waders, small mammals and reptiles.
Over the next 12 months, the project team will survey and map remnant vegetation communities and conduct fauna surveys. The project team are committed to the protection and enhancement of this special habitat, and will continue exploring future possibilities for conservation, education, and research on Little Dog Island.