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.
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
09 Jun 2016
One of Australia’s most comprehensive research studies on how plants, animals and their habitats respond to and recover from fire has been awarded the prestigious Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award from Parks Victoria. This ten-year collaborative research project led by La Trobe and Deakin University showed that the effects…
1 Jul 2015 12:00am - 30 Jun 2016 12:00am
A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.
26 Jun 2016 10:00am-12:00pm
Restoration and maintenance of historical, landscaped garden beds. Activities include weed removal, mulching, leaf-litter collection, walking path maintenance, pruning, tree planting.
26 Jun 2016 11:00am-2:00pm
Join Friends of Steele Creek, Wurundjeri's Narrap Team and Parks Victoria for a community tree planting day at Steele Creek in Lower Maribyrnong River Land Park. Pease wear appropriate clothing and closed shoes/boots. BYO water and gloves. Light refreshments are provided.
27 Jun 2016 1:00pm-2:30pm
A rare opportunity to visit spectacular caves located to the north of Buchan. Be prepared for something very special. The tour requires a 14km drive north of Buchan and a reasonable level of fitness. Discounts apply for multiple tours.