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Swamp Wallaby. Photo: J.Tscharke

Swamp Wallaby. Photo: J.Tscharke

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

Correa reflexa. Photo: Matt Hoskins

Correa reflexa. Photo: Matt Hoskins

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

Windswept heath. Photo: Mark Antos

Windswept heath. Photo: Mark Antos

2 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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Raymond Creek Falls Open for School Holidays

23 Sep 2014

Visitors to East Gippsland’s Snowy River National Park this school holidays will marvel at the park’s recovery as they are able to gain access to Raymond Creek Falls for the first time since the devastating fires in February this year. District Manager, Will McCutcheon said over 80 per cent of…

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Park Explorer - Werribee Park

22 Sep 2014 12:00am - 5 Oct 2014 12:00am

Drop in and pick up your explorer pack from the Mansion with activity sheets, magnifying glass and pencil. Complete the activities and return the pack to collect some Junior Ranger goodies. Activities are available every day of the school holidays.

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Discover spring at the Prom with Ranger guided activities for children and families.

22 Sep 2014 12:00am - 3 Oct 2014 12:00am

Parks Victoria’s Discovery program is designed to encourage kids and adults to explore Victoria’s parks with a ranger. Whether it’s discovering mini beasts through a microscope, learning about creatures’ tracks and traces and their habitats, or discovering the fascinating life beneath the sea during a rock pool ramble, kids will…

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Bird Watching - Coolart Wetlands

2 Oct 2014 9:45am-12:00pm

Come on a bird watching bonanza at Coolart Wetlands and learn a little about our local feathered friends. This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please meet at the Coolart Visitor Centre 10 minutes prior to the activity.

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Nature Trail - Brimbank Park

2 Oct 2014 10:00am-12:00pm

Use sharp eyes and ears to look and listen for animals and plants not always easily seen. Join a ranger to look for animals tracks, scratchings on the ground and tree trunks; animal droppings and abandoned feathers. Listen for birdsongs, ripples in the water and rustling in the bushes. This…