Vegetation Management Plan East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve July 2010
3.3 Plant species of conservation significance No threatened flora species were found on site. Threatened flora species that were recorded as occurring in the vicinity are listed in Appendix 3. Some threatened plants, especially orchids, may not have been visible at the time of the surveys, but it is unlikely that this coastal dune environment would support such threatened plants.
3.4 Fauna, especially species of conservation significance Eastern Barred Bandicoots, listed as Vulnerable (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) have been recorded in the area and bandicoot diggings and scats were found at Dial Street reserve during the survey which are probably of this species. Other threatened fauna species such as Sea Eagle, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Tasmanian Devil and Masked Owl may hunt on site while moving through the landscape. Shorebirds such as Pied Oystercatchers occur here (survey results). Pied Oystercatchers are generally declining in numbers due to disturbance while nesting (Lawrence, 2004). Other shorebirds such as Hooded Plovers and migratory birds listed under international agreements are subject to similar threats and may also occur in the study site. Little Penguins occur at the eastern part of Fish Pond, with a couple of pairs known to be resident there (R. Parker, pers.comm.). There may have been more Penguins in this area before disturbance by dogs in previous years. There were no Penguins here during the 1999/2000 survey (P.Marker, pers.comm.), which was probably due to local dog predation at that time (R. Parker, pers.comm.). With protection from such disturbance, and with protection of the good vegetation as habitat here, the Penguin population may increase in time. There is good habitat on site for other animals such as wallabies, brushtail and ringtail possums, reptiles, echidnas, many birds and invertebrates. A platypus has been seen in Buttons Creek, upstream of the bridge. All these fauna species should be considered during management of the site. Sizeable populations of rabbits and feral cats exist on site, which impact the vegetation and fauna of the reserve. There have been some problems with Galah populations on site, as numbers have increased due to feeding by local residents, and council is trying to address this problem (R. Eberhardt, pers.comm.).
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East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve Vegetation Management Plan 2010