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The mallee

Belah Woodland (Photo: P.Sandell)

Belah Woodland (Photo: P.Sandell)

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The mallee

Desert Baeckea (Photo: Mark Antos)

Desert Baeckea (Photo: Mark Antos)

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The mallee

Bandy Bandy (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Bandy Bandy (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The mallee

Wyperfeld. Photo: Mark Antos

Wyperfeld. Photo: Mark Antos

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The mallee

Bluebush, Murray-Sunset NP. Photo: P.Sandell

Bluebush, Murray-Sunset NP. Photo: P.Sandell

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The mallee

Mallee ecosystems take their name from the small, multi-stemmed eucalypts which feature lignotubers (mallee roots) just below the soil surface, which store carbohydrates and water, and allow the tree to reshoot from the base if stems are destroyed by fire.

The blanket of sandy soil which characterises the mallee, has created a gentle scenery and superficially simple landscape, with species of mallee and understorey of saltbush, heathy shrubs, sedges, grasses or ephemeral herbs varying subtly according to soil type, depth and salinity.

More about the mallee:

  • Low, unreliable rainfall, high summer temperatures and poor fertility of the sandy soils are a key characteristic – leading some parts to be called ‘deserts’
  • Surprisingly diverse flora and fauna including many species of reptiles
  • Small nocturnal ground-dwelling mammals use burrows for breeding and protection
  • Has a distinctive range of birds including the Mallee Fowl which constructs huge mounds of sand and litter to incubate its eggs
  • Parrots are prominent, including the colourful Mallee Ringneck, Major Mitchell Cockatoo and Regent parrot.

Key Threats

  • Grazing by exotic animals (e.g. rabbits, goats)
  • Predation by foxes
  • Weed invasion
  • Increased temperatures and decreased rainfall are potential threats to species that already ‘live on the edge’
  • A potential increase in the frequency of large, intense fire events is also a threat to species that require ‘old-growth’ habitat.

Where to see the mallee

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Sea Search volunteers build marine knowledge

11 Feb 2016

The intertidal platforms and rockpools of Point Addis Marine National Park have come alive with human activity, as last week Friends of Point Addis, Green Army Australia and Parks Victoria rangers kicked off a new year of the citizen science program Sea Search. Sea Search is a Parks Victoria program…

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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.

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Werribee Park Heritage Orchard Grafting Day

14 Feb 2016 10:00am-3:00pm

Workshops on companion planting, free grafting demonstrations will be happening all day - no booking required and the local CWA are coming on board to provide food and refreshments. Rotary members will be directing traffic via Gate 5 so you won't have so far to walk with your new trees.…

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A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Maribyrnong River

19 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016

Sly Rat Theatre Co. in conjunction with The Living Museum of the West and Maribyrnong Council presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sly Rat Theatre Co. is excited to announce that its first production for 2016 is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream! In association with The…

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Nepean Conservation Group Annual General Meeting

20 Feb 2016 3:30pm-8:30pm

The Nepean Conservation Group will hold their annual general meeting at Badcoe Hall, followed by a BYO picnic dinner at the Parade Ground. Guest speaker will be Bradley Fauteux, Parks Victoria Chief Executive Officer. Interested community members and children are welcome to attend. Parking available at the Quarantine Station Car…