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Summary of Wingaroo Nature Reserve and Wingaroo Conservation Area Management Plan 2000

The full version of the Wingaroo Nature Reserve and Wingaroo Conservation Area Management Plan 2000 can be downloaded as a PDF File (982 Kb).

Executive Summary

Wingaroo Nature Reserve (9144 ha) is located in the north of Flinders Island, the largest of the Bass Strait Islands. The reserve protects an extensive area of endangered heathland, valuable wetlands, estuarine marshes and relict Oyster Bay pine (Callitris rhomboidea) scrub-woodland communities that are of considerable conservation significance. The type of country represented in the nature reserve is not currently represented elsewhere in the Tasmanian reserve system.

The nature reserve forms part of the catchment for the North East River and estuary which is a significant biological and recreational asset for Flinders Island. The nature reserve has considerable aesthetic value, due in large part to the visual contrast between native heaths and surrounding farmland, and the panaromic views from the saddle below Mount Boyes across an undisturbed landscape to the north-east coast of Flinders Island.

The nature reserve contributes to the conservation of rare plant species which have their Tasmanian distribution confined to the Furneaux Island Group, including one of the two known populations of saw-leaved banksia (Banksia serrata) in Tasmania. The reserve conserves three priority forest communities as well as fourteen different heath communities which represent the best examples of their type found on Flinders Island. The nature reserve also plays an important role in the protection of species susceptible to the cinnamon fungus disease (Phytophthora cinnamomi).

The reserve contains habitat for the rare New Holland mouse (Psuedomys novaehollandiae) and has considerable scientific interest and educational potential.

The major management initiatives for the nature reserve are summarised below.

  • Implement measures to control the spread of the cinnamon fungus disease (Phytophthora cinnamomi) in the nature reserve.
  • Limit access within the nature reserve to protect significant flora values, particularly the horny cone-bush (Isopogon ceratophyllus) and saw-leaved banksia (Banksia serrata) from the spread of cinnamon fungus disease.
  • A fire management plan for the nature reserve will be prepared that will utilise periodic burning to maintain habitat values and vegetation regeneration.
  • Existing fire trails and fire breaks will be maintained for fuel reduction burning and to protect important vegetation assets but not for fire-supression activities.
  • Basic fire protection strategies for private land and environmental assets will be implemented.
  • The Mount Boyes track into the nature reserve will be maintained to provide one-way access.
  • All other informal tracks not required for management purposes or to access private land will be closed and rehabilitated.