Environment Park Subotopic Layout
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Swamp heathland covers much of the low poorly drained areas where heath and Prickly Tea-Tree are found.
The healthy woodland has some interesting plants, ranging from the taller Mealy Stringybark trees, to the understorey of attractive Hairpin Banksia, Furze Hakea and rare Swamp Bush-pea.
Foothill forests of Silvertop and Messmate are found higher up. Here you can see White-throated Tree Creepers hopping around tree trunks searching for insects. Below is a dense layer of smaller plants including Common Correa, Hop Goodenia and Dusty Miller, where Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Superb Fairy Wrens feed. Mountain Ash, the tallest flowering plants in the world, are found on the steep southern slopes in the northern end of the Park.
The insect-eating Southern Emu Wren is the smallest of the birds inhabiting the swamp heathland. It has a unique long barbless tail of only six feathers. The White-eared and Crescent Honeyeaters are two of the birds that can be seen feeding on the nectar bearing flowers of the heathlands. The raucous call of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are sometimes heard as they search for wood grubs in nearby Silver Wattles on the steep southern slopes in the park's northern end.
Most of the animals in the park, such as possums, bats, owls and gliders, are active only at night. During the day you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of a Swamp Wallaby in the forest shadows or a goanna basking in the sun.