Eltham Copper Butterfly Reserves

The area around Eltham supports the largest of the few remaining populations of the threatened Eltham Copper Butterfly  (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida) in Victoria.

Nillumbik Shire Council owns and manages six bushland reserves for the conservation of the Eltham Copper Butterfly. These reserves include:


Parks Victoria owns and manages the Pauline Toner Eltham Copper Butterfly Reserve in Eltham.

Nillumbik Shire Council, Parks Victoria, the Friends of the Eltham Copper Butterfly and the Friends of Woodridge Linear Reserve work in partnership to protect and enhance these last remaining refuges for the Eltham Copper Butterfly in Eltham. 

These groups work together to undertake a range of on-ground works including controlling weeds and pest animals, revegetation and ecological thinning, as well as monitoring the populations of the Eltham Copper Butterfly within these reserves.