Louisa Island (Tasmania)

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Louisa Island
Louisa Island and Louisa Bay.jpg
Louisa Island and Louisa Bay from the air
Louisa Island is located in Tasmania
Louisa Island
Louisa Island
Location off the southern coast of Tasmania
Location South West Tasmania
Coordinates 43°32′02″S 146°21′32″E / 43.534°S 146.359°E / -43.534; 146.359Coordinates: 43°32′02″S 146°21′32″E / 43.534°S 146.359°E / -43.534; 146.359
Archipelago Maatsuyker Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of water Southern Ocean
Area 23 ha (57 acres)[1]
Highest elevation 80 m (260 ft)
State Tasmania
Region South West
Population Unpopulated

Louisa Island is an island with a short sandy tombolo, located adjacent to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. The irregularly shaped 23-hectare (0.089 sq mi) island is part of the Maatsuyker Islands Group, and comprises part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]

The island's highest point is 80 metres (260 ft) above sea level and, at low tide, the island is joined to the mainland by a 250 metres (820 ft) sand spit.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Fairy prion with egg in nesting burrow
The island is a breeding site for fairy prions

The central parts of the island are lightly forested with Eucalyptus nitida and Eucalyptus ovata, with an understorey of Leptospermum scoparium and Melaleuca squarrosa. Bracken covers areas subjected to recent fires.

The island is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance as a breeding site for seabirds.[3] Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the little penguin, short-tailed shearwater (206,000 pairs), fairy prion (400 pairs), common diving-petrel (1600 pairs), Pacific gull, sooty oystercatcher and pied oystercatcher. Mammals present include the Tasmanian pademelon and long-nosed potoroo. The Tasmanian tree skink is present.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  3. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maatsuyker Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2011.