Environment Park Subotopic Layout
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VegetationThe hilly north-western block is open eucalyptus forest with Red Stringybark and Blakeley's Red Gum among Grey Box and Ironbark. Prolific spring wildflowers include wattles, orchids, bush peas and Cassinia. Across the highway the forest covering the ridges and spurs of the south-eastern block is similar but with more diverse trees and plants, including White Box. Dry granite ridges and outcrops are characterised by the presence of Black Cypress Pines.
The park provides habitat of several rare or threatened species:
- the Regent Honeyeater
- Turquoise Parrot
- Peregrine Falcon
- the Brush-tailed phascogale
- Squirrel Glider.
Winter, when the ironbarks are in bloom, is the best time to see the birds. More than 150 bird species have been recorded in the area. Eastern Grey Kangaroos are often seen grazing in the late afternoon and smaller tree-dwelling creatures - Feathertail and Sugar Gliders, Brushtail and Ring-tail Possums - live in tree hollows in the southern areas. Many reptiles, including the Lace Monitor, also call the park home.