The Victorian Biodiversity Atlas is managed by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and has more than 6.5 million records now available. The Atlas is Victoria’s key library of information on threatened species records and the existence, distribution and abundance of indigenous and introduced plants and animals. It is one of the fundamental datasets used to help with decisions like where to conduct planned burning to ensure we consider the needs of the environment while keeping communities safe, and how best to protect and invest to ensure the survival of threatened species.
It’s an example of ‘citizen science’ at work, where members of the public can enter species observations and records that then contribute to the state’s knowledge of our biodiversity and threats such as weeds and pest animals. To view the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas and to add your sightings of Victorian animals or plants, visit http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/biodiversity/victorian-biodiversity-atlas