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Explore Three Capes this August


Tasmania's award-winning Three Capes Track has been a runaway hit with walkers, with more than 28,000 local, national and international visitors completing it since it opened in December 2015.More

Flags fly at Mount Nelson once again


Tasmania's first signal station has been restored more than 200 years since it began operation on Mount Nelson.

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Summary of Bass Strait Island Nature Reserves - Draft Management Plan 2000

The full version of theBass Strait Island Nature Reserves - Draft Management Plan, October 2000 can be downloaded as a PDF File (688 Kb)


The twelve small Bass Strait island reserves covered by this management plan are significant breeding places for seabirds or seals and are highly vulnerable to disturbance by people.

Low Islets, Foster Islands and Penguin Island Nature Reserves are significant as Tasmania's only Australian pelican breeding colonies and apart from one New Zealand breeding site, are the most southerly in the world. Pelicans are shy, non-synchronised breeders who favour remote, undisturbed sites. Although information about the population trends of the Australian pelican is sketchy, it indicates relatively high natural mortality, chiefly caused by the squashing of eggs by courting birds, as well as relatively high mortality caused by human disturbance (Marchant and Higgins,1990).

Moriarty Rocks, Tenth Island, Judgement Rocks, West Moncoeur and Reid Rocks Nature Reserves are significant as Tasmania’s only Australian fur seal breeding colonies, which provide approximately half the global habitat for the species. Population trend data are variable indicating a small overall increase over the past decade, but numbers fluctuate considerably from site to site due to the ifluence of storms on breeding success.

Black Pyramid Rock Nature Reserve is the only breeding site for the Australasian gannet in Bass Strait and one of three Tasmanian, and eight national breeding sites for this species. The major breeding sites globally are off the north island of New Zealand. Black Pyramid Rock is the largest breeding colony nationally with approximately 12,500 birds. Cat Island Conservation Area is significant as once being the world's largest gannet colony with an estimated 20,000 birds in 1908 before the population was systematically destroyed by fishers and then fire. It is also important as a site for the potential recolonisation of the Australasian gannet.

Albatross Island Nature Reserve is significant as one of only three global breeding sites for the shy albatross, the other two being Pedra Branca and Mewstone off Tasmania’s south coast. With approximately 5000 pairs, it is the second largest colony after Mewstone, (ca.7,000 pairs) but still only about a quarter of the size of the original colony in the early 19th century. The shy albatross is listed as vulnerable under IUCN criteria D2 because of its restricted habitat.

Rodondo Island Nature Reserve is significant, because due to the absence of fire, it supports climax Eucalyptus globulus and Melaleuca armillaris communities, which are considered to be extremely rare.