Tasmanian south east reserves get a soaking

Michael Bretz
Published 24 Aug 2020 
about  Friendly Beaches South Esk Pine  
Tannin stained water flowing out to the Tasman Sea.<br/> Tannin stained water flowing out to the Tasman Sea.
The Apsley River after rain.<br/> The Apsley River after rain.
Coastal Heathland is a feature of Friendly Beaches Reserve.<br/> Coastal Heathland is a feature of Friendly Beaches Reserve.
A towering Silver Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus-tenuiramis).<br/> A towering Silver Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus-tenuiramis).
Xahthorrhoea arenaria at Friendly Beaches Reserve.<br/> Xahthorrhoea arenaria at Friendly Beaches Reserve.

Our Tasmanian east coast reserves recently received over 100mm of rain giving everything a good drink and recharging the rivers, creeks and wetlands.

Although Tassie is often considered to be a wet and rainy place, the east coast is a low rainfall region and has until this year been in drought. 

Established way back in 1997, the Friendly Beaches Reserve helps protect one of the few natural coastal systems remaining on the east coast of Tasmania.

The reserve protects 121 hectares of endangered Black Gum (Eucalyptus ovata) forest, vulnerable Silver Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus tenuiramis) forest, and coastal heath land and woodland.

These biodiverse vegetation communities provide important habitat for a wide range of species including the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-tailed Quoll and Sea Eagle.

Our South Esk Pine Reserve protects 6.8 ha of endangered South Esk Pine and Black Gum Woodland on the banks of the Apsley River.

The South Esk Pine (Callitris oblonga) is a small coniferous tree endemic to Tasmania. It's highly limited in distribution, being found on the margins of only a few rivers on Tasmania’s east coast and Midlands.

The Apsley River after rain.<br/> The Apsley River after rain.
Coastal Heathland is a feature of Friendly Beaches Reserve.<br/> Coastal Heathland is a feature of Friendly Beaches Reserve.
A towering Silver Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus-tenuiramis).<br/> A towering Silver Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus-tenuiramis).
Xahthorrhoea arenaria at Friendly Beaches Reserve.<br/> Xahthorrhoea arenaria at Friendly Beaches Reserve.