Natural values and context
The Vale of Belvoir is widely recognised as one of the most important places for nature conservation in Australia.
At the core of this exceptional conservation landscape is 500 hectares of private land, protected in perpetuity by the TLC as the Vale of Belvoir Reserve.
The Reserve contains a diversity of habitats, including native grasslands rich in threatened plant species, wetlands, and old-growth rainforests. Meanwhile, under the surface lies one of Tasmania’s only subalpine karst systems.
The Vale of Belvoir is home to the world’s densest populations of carnivorous marsupials, including the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll and the endangered Tasmanian devil. The Vale’s tussock grasslands are also home to shy ground parrots, endangered ptunarra brown butterflies and numerous wildflowers.
Managing the Vale of Belvoir Reserve
Management of the Vale of Belvoir Reserve focuses 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. Grassland management - including cattle grazing and planned burning - is informed by scientific monitoring. Where necessary, fences are maintained to exclude cattle from sensitive areas.
Virtual Reality Nature Explorer
Click the image below to step into the Vale of Belvoir Reserve and explore nature from every angle.
Banner photograph: Grant Dixon