Liffey Valley Reserve
|Liffey Valley Reserve
|Area||2.75 km2 (1.1 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Bush Heritage Australia|
|Website||Liffey Valley Reserve|
The Liffey Valley Reserve is a nature reserve comprising four separate parcels of land, with a combined area of 275 ha (680 acres), in the Liffey Valley of northern Tasmania, Australia. It lies about 55 km (34 mi) south-west of Launceston and 25 km (16 mi) south-east of Deloraine. It is owned and managed by Bush Heritage Australia (BHA).
Two of the component reserves, Liffey River and Dry’s Bluff (Taytitikitheeker), were purchased by Dr Bob Brown in 1990, in order to protect them from being logged. These became the first reserves of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund, now Bush Heritage Australia. The third reserve, Coalmine Creek, was purchased at the same time for much the same reason, and was donated to BHA in 2003. The fourth reserve, Oura Oura was donated in 2011.
Landscape and vegetation
The Liffey Valley is part of the catchment of the Meander River and drains the cliffs of the Great Western Tiers, dropping precipitously from 1,200 to 400 m (3,900 to 1,300 ft) asl in a distance of 10 km (6.2 mi). Vegetation types range from alpine heath to wet and dry sclerophyll forests, with temperate rainforest gullies.
Mammals recorded from the reserve are Tasmanian devils and platypuses as well as bandicoots, bettongs, potoroos and pygmy possums. Birds found there include threatened Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles, pink robins and yellow-tailed black-cockatoos.
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