Grow Wild: Guide to improve backyard biodiversity

Along with public parks, gardens on private land can help enhance biodiversity and improve our wellbeing. Download our free Grow Wild backyard biodiversity guide to find out which plants to choose to support urban wildlife in your garden or balcony.

This brochure was produced as part of the City of Port Phillip NatureSpot Project, funded by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Caring for Our Local Environment grant program. Produced by Port Phillip EcoCentre, May 2020.

Multicultural excursions group photo
Natalie’s Delightful Discovery
By Natalie Farrell I was riding my bike in St Kilda one sunny afternoon when I stumbled across the Port Phillip EcoCentre. It was 2019, I was feeling lost after graduating and needed a place to spend my newly acquired free time. Why not spend that time in nature, I thought to myself. All it […]
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Superb Fairy Wren
Wetlands, wildlife, sitspots – and their flow-on thoughts
Words by Pascale Jacq (EcoCentre Educator) and photos by Tania Spława-Neyman The EcoCentre’s Wetlands and Wildlife community events were part of the vibrant Nairm Catchment Care Calendar funded by Melbourne Water in 2023. The project included six community events, and seven programs tailored for different schools and for recently arrived migrants studying English. Every experience […]
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Asian Shore Crab
The Asian Shore Crab: a new marine pest
Port Phillip Bay has hosted more than 160 invasive marine species since colonisation started. But only recently we have discovered a brand new one. The Asian Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus) was discovered in 2020 and is here to stay. The Asian Shore Crab: a new marine pest The crab is native to the western Pacific, […]
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The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional custodians of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other First Nations and Elder members of our multicultural community.