About the natural temperate grassland ecosystem
- Filled with native grasses, wildflowers and a scattering of shrubs and trees, these grasslands once covered much of the Victorian volcanic plains.
- Today, less than 1% of this unique ecosystem remains.
- Now confined to a few small remaining patches.
- Weed invasion, over-growth of grass
- Improve the composition, structure and function of the grassland
- Grassland does not change from a more to a less desirable state (hasn’t been assessed).
- The area covered by native wildflowers expands or stays the same.
- The number of different wildflower species expands or stays the same.
- The area covered by kangaroo grass stays the same (or increases, in cases where it is absent).
- The area covered by any native grasses, excluding Kangaroo grass, stays the same.
- There is always a good balance between areas with dense grass growth and areas with open ground.
- The area covered by weed species decreases.
Monitoring began in 2013, and the overall quality of the grassland remained relatively steady. In permanent plots, the cover of weeds generally decreased. In most years, there was a good balance of open and dense areas. Other key highlights:
- Valuable native wildflowers remained above the baseline, this includes many rare species.
- Cover of kangaroo grass was maintained.
Cover of other native grasses such as spear grass and wallaby grass species remained above the baseline.