Natural values and context
The Big Punchbowl features a complex mosaic of wetlands, heath and woodlands, which support habitat for threatened species, including the globally threatened Australasian bittern and green and gold bell frog. The Big Punchbowl sits adjacent to the Moulting Lagoon Ramsar site, and collectively the area provides refuge and shelter for a multitude of shorebirds and waterfowl that use the wetlands, coast and waterways for breeding and feeding.
The property has a resident population of nationally endangered Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), and conceals two magnificent white-bellied sea eagle (Haligeetus leucugaster) nests in its coastal bays. Other threatened species include plants, such as native broom (Viminaria juncea), brooklime (Gratiola pubescens) and the rare endemic Tasmanian velvetbush (Lasiopetalum micranthum) scattered on the woodland floor.
Managing The Big Punchbowl
Management of the reserve will include:
- control and eradication of gorse (Ulex europaeuss)
- control of access to visitors (particularly during eagle breeding season)
- road and track maintenance
- control of vehicle and foot traffic to minimise the spread of Phytopthora cinnamomi
- monitoring and management for feral animals
- fire management by implementing an appropriate fire regime
- maintenance of fences and gates to exclude stray stock.
Banner photograph: Matthew Newton