Trust For Nature

Wimmera properties

Trust for Nature owns three properties in the Wimmera region

 

  • Snape Reserve
  • Mount Elgin Swamp
  • Flora McDonald Buloke Grassy Woodlands

 


 

Snape Reserve

This 754 hectare property is next to the Little Desert National Park close to the Wimmera town of Dimboola.

The extremely diverse property was acquired by Trust for Nature in 2002 with the assistance of a generous donation from a Trust for Nature supporter.

There are at least 10 distinct vegetation types on the property that are all listed as endangered including Black Box Woodland, Northern Plains Grassy Woodland, Red Gum Woodland, Herb-rich Woodland and Ephemeral Swamps.

The diverse habitats on the property support a range of flora and fauna. Over 263 plant species have been recorded on the property including 16 plant species considered threatened in Victorian and one species considered nationally endangered.

In addition, 201 species of fauna have been recorded on the property to date, consisting of 11 mammals, three amphibians, 21 reptiles and 171 birds.

Snape Reserve is managed by a committee with the support of Trust for Nature.

For more information visit the Snape Reserve Web Site.

Snape Reserve


Mt Elgin Swamp

Mt Elgin Swamp

Trust for Nature purchased this 295 hectare property near Nhill in the Murray Darling Depression in 1998.

It consists of a very large, oval lake-bed which is filled periodically by a local creek.

When dry, the lake-bed consists of grassland interspersed with scattered patches of Red Gum and Lignum.

The lake-bed is surrounded by a dense band of Red Gum and Black Box. There is a small area of Buloke Grassy Woodland on a sandy rise on the western side of the lake.

This Riverine Grassy Forest had been thought extinct in the Wimmera.

The grassland supports a large population of Southern Can Grass which is listed as nationally vulnerable. The depleted species Casuarina leumanii is also present.

Mt Elgin Swamp provides habitat for a range of waterfowl. The Freckled Duck, listed as rare in Victoria, may use the wetland when full.

Mt Elgin Swamp is managed by a committee of management with the support of Trust for Nature.

Mt Elgin Swamp


Flora McDonald Buloke Grassy Woodlands

Trust for Nature bought this 50 hectare property near the Wimmera town of Edenhope in 1999, with the assistance of a generous donation from a Trust for Nature supporter.

The site contains near intact examples of Buloke, Yellow Gum and Grey Box Woodland and Open Red Gum Swampland. These vegetation types are now very uncommon in western Victoria.

Flora McDonald Buloke Grassy Woodlands


 

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