Science

Friends of the Prom volunteers have contributed to both formal research and citizen science over many years. Our volunteers have worked on projects that have contributed directly to environmental science knowledge.

Coast Banksia Research on the Yanakie Isthmus

One asset, the Coastal Grassy Woodland on the Yanakie Isthmus, is in poor condition and Parks Victoria’s Prom Conservation Action Plan gives it a high priority for restoration. Friends of the Prom is involved in a number of scientific research projects associated with this restoration –

  • Grazer Monitoring Project – volunteers visit marked sites every six weeks during the cooler months to identify, count and clear away animal pellets (scats). Grazing animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, deer and rabbits are putting pressure on Coastal Grassy Woodland and suppressing the regrowth of canopy and understorey plants. The project is designed to estimate the trend in the population of these animals and inform decisions on their management.
  • Coast Banksia Research – coast banksias on the Yanakie Isthmus have been in decline for some time, and Parks Victoria has a number of research projects on the go to find out why.
  • Friends of the Prom grow banksia seedlings in their Tidal River plant nursery – these are then used for research projects. If you’re interested in working in our Nursery, here’s where to find out more.
  • The Friends of the Prom annual study grant – established to encourage students to pursue scientific research projects at the Prom. The inaugural study grant was awarded in 2018 to a Latrobe University honours student whose project investigated the possible cause of Coast Banksia decline in the Park. He recently completed his honours year thesis and gave a presentation to Friends of the Prom members at their 2019 AGM.
  • Measuring the spread of Tea-tree seed – Friends of the Prom volunteers have helped Parks Victoria staff build seed traps, install them in the field, and clear the seed traps at intervals. The purpose of the project was to estimate the spread of Tea-tree seed by prevailing winds at the Prom. Friends of the Prom works in collaboration with other organisations engaged in collecting data to assess the long term impacts on threats to flora and fauna at the Prom.
  • Hooded Plover Monitoring – Our volunteers work with Birdlife Australia monitoring the vulnerable shore nesting bird the Hooded Plover. We conduct and annual survey of Prom beaches counting breeding pairs, and evidence of nesting and/or chicks. Find out more about Birdlife Australia’s Hooded Plover research work here. If you’d like to join the Prom Hoodie Monitoring group, please email Birdlife Australia’s Dr Kasun Ekanayake: kasun.ekanayake@birdlife.org.au
  • Preserving scientific and historical records for the Prom – Parks Victoria’s Yanakie Office holds a library of over 850 scientific research reports on Wilsons Promontory and over 4,600 photographic slides. Much of this material exists in hard-copy form only. This purpose of this project is to ensure this collection is accessible to scientific researchers and managers by digitising all materials in the library and creating an on-line catalogue. Friends of the Prom volunteers will digitise and collate these records using equipment supplied by Parks Victoria.







Hooded Plover Monitoring

Our volunteers provide assistance to Birdlife Australia for montitoring the vulnerable shore nesting bird the Hooded Plover (Thinoris rubricollis Charadriidae). We conduct beach surveys at the Prom counting breeding pairs, and evidence of nesting and/or chicks. Find out more about Birdlife Australia’s Hooded Plover research work here.

If you’d like to join the Prom Hoodie Monitoring group, please email Birdlife Australia’s Dr Kasun Ekanayake: kasun.ekanayake@birdlife.org.au

Herbivore Grazing Survey Project on the Yanakie Isthmus

Kez to ring Jim about this one, or Bill.

Link to our Project Page. Project page then links to Calendar.

Phytophthora Cinnamomi Monitoring Project

Phytophthora monitoring – Ongoing recording in several zones counting Grass Tree populations and condition which are most affected by this fungus. How long ago did we do this project. Is it current??


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