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
19 Apr 2016
Parks Victoria in conjunction with the Victorian High Country Huts Association (VHCHA) are delighted to announce the first stage completion of rebuilding McNamara’s Hut, Dinner Plain in the Alpine National Park. During a very busy week long working bee in March, the team of volunteers worked tirelessly undertaking a range…
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.
14 May 2016 9:30am - 15 May 2016 12:00am
BirdLife Australia is holding a weekend of events exploring threatened birds of the Murray Mallee and the importance of appropriate fire management in their conservation. On Saturday at an information session at DELWP Mildura, 308 Koorlong Rd, Irymple hear from researchers from La Trobe University, DELWP and BirdLife Australia, then…
15 May 2016 9:30am-11:30am
TROS is a community project in partnership with Parks Victoria to create a communal meeting place at the site of the current play ground at Tidal River. Darby Saddle One or two steep'ish climbs but ample opportunity to choose your own pace and adventure.it is not a guided walk. We…