Biodiversity and wildlife in Yarra

The City of Yarra is home to many sites of cultural and natural significance.

There are 38 conservation bushland sites that are actively managed by Council, making up over 40 hectares of open space. Yarra is bordered to the east by the Birrarung (Yarra River) and Merri Creek corridors, which are managed by Melbourne Water and Merri Creek Management Committee.

Other key sites of natural significance include Dights Falls, Alphington Park and Wetlands, McConchie Reserve and Wetlands, Hall Reserve in Clifton Hill and more.

Across Yarra there are at least 603 different plant species, including 7 threatened species. Over 275 of these species are indigenous (local) to the area. More than 278 animal species (birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs and insects), including 21 threatened species, rely on local habitats for food and shelter.

Nature Strategy

Guided by our Nature Strategy 2020-24 (PDF 13MB), we're protecting and enhancing Yarra's unique biodiversity and supporting our community to appreciate and connect with nature.

The Nature strategy action plan has four strategic goals, each with its own key actions.

  • Goal 1: Increase the diversity, connectivity and resilience of Yarra’s natural environment
  • Goal 2: Encourage people to appreciate and actively enhance Yarra’s natural landscape
  • Goal 3: Embed nature at the core of Yarra’s business practices
  • Goal 4: Make innovation, communication and collaboration the cornerstones of Yarra’s nature-focussed programs

Read about what we've achieved since adopting the strategy in 2020.

Other Council strategies that have actions to ensure that our bushland areas are protected and enhanced include:

How is bushland managed in Yarra?

We have a partnership with Felix Botanica - an organisation that specialises in looking after native bushland.

This short video explains how bushland and habitats are protected and managed in the City of Yarra.


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