Natural value and context

The Vale of Belvoir is widely recognised as one of the most important places for nature conservation in Australia. Five hundred hectares of private land sit in the core of this exceptional conservation landscape.

The tussock grasslands of the Vale of Belvoir are home to shy ground parrots, endangered ptunarra brown butterflies and numerous wildflowers. It is also home to one of the densest populations in the world of marsupial carnivores, including the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll and endangered Tasmanian devil. Habitats include native grasslands rich in threatened plant species, wetlands and old growth rainforests. Under the surface lies one of Tasmania’s only subalpine karst, or limestone cave, systems.

Managing the Vale

Management of this reserve will focus on maintaining the values associated with the diversity and condition of the grasslands, karst, wetlands, and diversity of fauna. This includes maintenance of Poa grasslands, which are critical habitat for the ptunarra brown butterfly. Scientific monitoring will inform our management activities with regard to grassland management through cattle grazing and planned burning. Where necessary, fences will be maintained to exclude cattle from sensitive areas.

  • Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Head of Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences

Banner photograph: Grant Dixon

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