Trust For Nature

Species Information and Identification

Below are a range of useful links that are designed to act as a 'portal' for sourcing detailed information about specific species that may be present on your land.

Often these are national or state organisations that specialise in certain groups of animals, like frogs or bats for example.

Trust for Nature staff based throughout the regions may also be of help.

(Please note this section is currently being expanded and up-dated)

Species Identification:

Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) Benchmarks by Bioregion
(Department of Sustainability and Environment)

Biodiversity Interactive Map
(Department of Sustainability and Environment)

Invasive Species
(Department of Sustainability and Environment)

Florabank – Native Seed Bank (Species Navigator)

Vegetation of the Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP)
Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network (VVPCMN)

Grass Ecosystems of the Victorian Volcanic Plains (VVP)
Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network (VVPCMN)

Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plains (VVP)
Victoria Naturally Alliance (VNA)

Viridans Biological Databases
Flora and Fauna tools for field naturalists, ecologists, teachers and students

Royal Botanical Gardens Plant Identification Service
(Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne)

Aboriginal Flora and Fauna Names of Victoria
(Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages)

Specific Species:


Amphibian Research Centre (ARC)

Dams to Habitat -Farm Dam Restoration for the Growling Grass Frog
(Department of Sustainability and Environment)


(Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne)

Threatened Species:

Threatened Species Fact Sheets and Advisory List
(Department of Sustainability and Environment)

Dams to Habitat -Farm Dam Restoration for the Growling Grass Frog
(Department of Sustainability and Environment)

Recommended Species Bibliography:



  • Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Simpson and Day, 8th Edition-2010, Viking,  ISBN: 9780670072316

  • Photographic Field Guide Birds of Australia, Jim Flegg, 2nd Edition, New Holland ISBN: 9781876334789

  • A Field Guide to Australian Birdsong, Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA)Birds of the Night Owls, Frogmouths and Nightjars of Australia David Holland, Reed, ISBN: 0730103250


  • A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia (for species I.D.), Peter Menkhorst and Frank Knight, 3rd Edition, Oxford, ISBN: 978019557395

  • The Mammals of Australia (for detail and natural history), Ronald Strahan, 3rd Edition, New Holland, ISBN: 1877069256

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Frog Watch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs, Jean-Mark Hero, Murray Littlejohn and Gerry Marantelli.

  • Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Harold G Cogger, Cornell University  Press, ISBN: 0801427398

  • Frogs of Melbourne (CD). Frog calls from Melbourne, Australia and the surrounding Port Phillip Catchment area, Ed mcNabb

Fresh water fish

  • Freshwater Fishes of Australia, Bill Classon and Stephen Booth, Australian Fishing Network ISBN: 9781865130163

Estuary and salt water fish

  • Sea Fishes of Southern Australia, Barry Huthcins Roger Swainston, Swainston Publishing

Tracks and signs, scats and other traces

  • Tracks Scats and Other Traces- A Field Guide to Australian Mammals, Barbara Trigg, Oxford, ISBN: 978-0195536430



  • Native Trees and Shrubs of South Eastern Australia, Leon Costermans, New Holland, ISBN: 9781877069703

  • Field Guide to Eucalypts, M.I. H Brooker & D.A. Kleinig, Bloomings Books, ISBN: 9781876473488

  • Australian Ferns and Fern Allies, D.L. Jones & S.C. Clemesha, Reed Books, ISBN: 9780730102984

  • Flora of Victoria: Vol 1: Introduction (Flora of Victoria), edited by DB Foreman & Neville G Walsh, CSIRO Publishing,  ISBN: 9780909605766

  • Flora of Victoria: Vol 2: Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons, edited by Neville G Walsh & Tim J Entwistle, Inkata Press,  ISBN: 9780409308495

  • Flora of Victoria: Vol 3: Dicotyledons (Winteracaea to Myrtaceae), edited by Neville G Walsh & Tim J Entwistle, Inkata Press, ISBN: 0409308528

  • Flora of Victoria: Vol 4: Dicotyledons (Olacaceae to Asteraceae), edited by Neville G Walsh & Tim J Entwistle, Inkata Press, ISBN: 9780409308532

  • Viridans Biological Databases, Wild Plants of Victoria.

  • Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges - Orchids, Irises, Lilies, Grass-trees, Mat-rushes and other Petaloid Monocotyledons, Enid Mayfield, CSIRO publishing, ISBN: 9780643098046


  • A Field Guide to the Native Orchids of Southern Australia, David and Barbara Jones, Bloomings Books, ISBN: 9781876473242

  • The Orchids of Victoria, Gary Backhouse & Jeffery Jeans, Miegunyah Press, ISBN: 9780522843934


  • Nightlife of Australia - South Eastern Forests (CD) - The often mysterious calls of nocturnal birds and mammals that occur in the south-eastern forests and woodlands of Australia.

  • A Field Guide to Australian Fungi, Bruce Fuhrer, Bloomings Books, ISBN: 9781876473518