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Fat-tailed Dunnart. Photo: J.Tscharke

Fat-tailed Dunnart. Photo: J.Tscharke

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Grasslands

Terrick Terrick Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

Terrick Terrick Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Grasslands

Grasslands are dominated by perennial, mostly tufted or tussock-forming grasses and occur on the vast, undulating western volcanic plains, the northern alluvial plains and in Gippsland.

They frequently lie over heavy soils which become waterlogged in winter but dry and crack in summer.

While trees and shrubs are only occasionally present, they are floristically rich, not only in grasses but also in colourful plants from the orchid, daisy, pea and lily families that flower in spring and early summer.

More about grasslands

  • Kangaroo grass is dominant south of the divide, wallaby grass and spear grass abundant in the north
  • Many form ephemeral flooded native meadows in winter
  • Soil dries rapidly in summer
  • Support rare animals, adapted to changeable environment e.g. the Bush Stone-curlew, Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Striped Legless Lizard
  • Aboriginal people used fire to maintain the open nature of the grasslands, stimulate the growth of useful plants and attract animals for hunting
  • European settlers found that the expansive grasslands provided good grazing and were easy to convert to cropping and improved pasture.

Key Threats

Less than one per cent of original grasslands remain, in small remnant patches with low viability. These patches are threatened by:

  • Weed invasion
  • Infrequent fire regimes that inhibit growth of diverse flowering herbs
  • Altered nutrient levels that favour weed growth.

Where to see grasslands

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10 Sep 2014

If you haven’t walked through Greens Bush, explored Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve or hiked from Arthurs Seat to Bushrangers Bay in spring, you’re missing out on something very special! These areas have the largest patches of remnant bushland on the Mornington Peninsula and their rare plants and native animals…

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20 Sep 2014 12:00am - 21 Sep 2014 12:00am

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20 Sep 2014 12:00am - 21 Sep 2014 12:00am

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21 Sep 2014 9:00am-11:00am

General maintenance of the reserve. Morning tea provided. Working bees are held on Sundays at Glen Nayook Reserve at the end of Paynter Road, Neerim Junction. GPS location S 327 55 623 - E 145 56 632.

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21 Sep 2014 11:00am-3:00pm

Bring family and friends along to discover you backyard! Bring a picnic! Get involved in the kids activites, planting and mulching, or take a guided walk and bike ride around the park.