By Chris Tzaros
The forests and woodlands of Victoria's Box-Ironbark zone are probably the most improtant components of faunal variety and value in Southern Australia. Box-Ironbark woodlands offer serious habitat for lots of threatened species akin to the Squirrel Glider, Brush tailed Phascogale, Regent Honeyeater, quick Parrot, Pink-tailed Worm-lizard and wooded area Blind Snake. flora and fauna of the Box-Ironbark state presents an invaluable consultant to the resident and migratory vertebrate fauna of the quarter. it's going to let the consumer to spot 26 species of mammals, one hundred seventy five birds, forty three reptiles and thirteen amphibians.
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Concern over the decline of phascogales has led to a conservation action plan to ensure its long-term survival and some initiatives have already been implemented: • priority management areas have been identified after five years of surveys examining 40 separate sites north of the Great Dividing Range, • tissue samples from animals across the 40 sites have been examined to indicate possible genetic relationships between the populations, • community hair-tube programs, to determine the presence of the species without trapping, have been implemented in central Victoria, • a local government council has drafted an Environmental Significance Overlay to assist in the protection and management of phascogale habitat on private property, • nest-boxes erected where natural hollows are scarce have proved to be a useful resource during the breeding period for females with young and for nomadic males, and • more informed decisions have been made regarding the management of public and private land to protect and enhance priority habitat.
Amphibians: Eastern Banjo Frog, Common Spadefoot Toad. Box-ironbark habita ts 53 Mallee shrublands and woodlands Open shrublands and woodlands of mallee are restricted to the north and west of the BoxIronbark region. The most extensive tracts occur around Wedderburn, Inglewood, Tarnagulla and areas to the north of Bendigo, while smaller isolated patches exist south of Rushworth. These dry associations of stunted mallee eucalypts occur on the tops of gently undulating rises and low hills, on shallow stony quartz soils that have very low fertility and poor water holding capacity.
These dry associations of stunted mallee eucalypts occur on the tops of gently undulating rises and low hills, on shallow stony quartz soils that have very low fertility and poor water holding capacity. The overstorey varies between localities and may contain Green Mallee, Bull Mallee, Blue Mallee and Kamarooka Mallee, which form a low dense tree-layer. At some sites, Broombush exists as a high shrub-layer, sometimes with Wallowa, and dominates the vegetation in the area. Common understorey species in mallee habitat include Gold-dust Wattle, Cranberry Heath, Common Fringemyrtle, Totem-poles, Wallowa, Sticky Hop-bush, Twiggy Bush-pea, Grey Everlasting and Golden Pennants.