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Swamp Wallaby. Photo: J.Tscharke

Swamp Wallaby. Photo: J.Tscharke

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

Correa reflexa. Photo: Matt Hoskins

Correa reflexa. Photo: Matt Hoskins

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

Windswept heath. Photo: Mark Antos

Windswept heath. Photo: Mark Antos

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

Heathlands are characterised by dense, low shrubs with scattered, twisted trees – a function of the harshness of the environment where they occur.

They support a very high floral diversity, a large number of small mammals and rich bird life. They are widespread in Victoria, particularly near the coast and in the south-west.

More about heathlands

  • Occur where drainage is poor so distribution is often patchy
  • Soils have extremely low levels of nutrients
  • Dominated by tough, hard leaved plants and terrestrial orchids - many are rare or threatened in the state.

Key Threats

Fire is a fundamental environmental factor. Fire allows regeneration of many small ground layer species, however fire regimes that are too infrequent or too large in scale pose a major threat to this ecosystem.

Heathlands support more than 80 species of birds and small marsupials such as dunnarts, bandicoots and potoroos and mammals such as the Swamp Rat and New Holland Mouse, which are prone to predation by foxes.

Heathlands are also particularly prone to Phytophthora cinnamomi (a fungal dieback) and invasion by woody native species

Where to see heathlands

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Reducing impact of goats in Murray Sunset National Park

25 May 2015

Parks Victoria is conducting an aerial shooting program in Murray Sunset National Park to reduce the number of feral goats. This program is the next step in over two decades of work to restore the Mallee landscape to its natural condition, following a century of stock grazing, timber removal and…

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11 Jun 2015 5:30pm-10:00pm

Evening departure from Melbourne for Woodlands Historic Park, for an exclusive experience led by a Conservation Volunteers Team Leader. We enjoy a light dinner before we learn about the Eastern Barred Bandicoot program under a star-studded sky, on a take a nocturnal spotlight walk through Woodlands Historic Park, and assist…

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Wilsons Prom Hooded Plovers Naturewise

24 Jun 2015 8:30am - 26 Jun 2015 5:30pm

Today the Hooded Plovers struggle to find a bit of undisturbed space on the beach to breed. Their numbers are declining because their nesting failure rate is 90-95% and too few young are added to the population to sustain it. Since 2006, BirdLife Australia has been working with volunteers, land…