Friends of the Prom volunteers have contributed to both formal research and citizen science over many years. These projects are aimed at providing scientific evidence to help Park managers decide on the best methods for restoring and maintaining the Prom’s natural values.
One Park asset on the Yanakie Isthmus, the Coastal Grassy Woodland, is in poor condition and Prom’s Conservation Action Plan gives it a high priority for restoration. Parks Victoria has a long term program to restore the area to its pre-European settlement condition of open grasslands and herb-fields dotted with She-oak and Coast Banksia trees. Friends of the Prom is involved in a number of scientific research projects associated with this restoration.
Our volunteers provide assistance to Birdlife Australia for monitoring 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: <email@example.com>
Phytophthora monitoring – Friends of the Prom monitors Grass Tree populations and their condition.
Parks Victoria’s Yanakie Office holds a library of over 850 scientific research reports on Wilsons Promontory National Park and over 4,600 photographic slides. Much of this material exists in hard-copy form only. The purpose of this project is to ensure this collection is accessible to scientific researchers and land managers by digitising all materials in the library and creating an on-line catalogue. Friends of the Prom volunteers have helped to digitise and collate many of these records using equipment supplied by Parks Victoria once the Parks Victoria protocols have been finalised and the digitised records made available online.