(Launceston), (Nc)

 00o00´S/00o00´W 80ha half native dry and wet forest, undulating ground 300m 
Protected under covenant 
Best Time for visit (time visited)


Birding Site Guide


Launceston is 20km SE of Bridgenorth, where the reserve is, and Bridgenorth is a scattering of houses with no public transport where the owners can meet you. Launceston airport is 30km away. There is reasonably priced accommodation and food for 4 people at the new house, camping is difficult due to rocky, hilly terrain and lack of facilities. 

There is a network of trails, the longest being a 4 hour walk around the perimmiter of the property, with other around the house. 

Species list 

  • Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
  • White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Australian Shelduck** Tadorna tadornoides
  • Black Swan Cygnus atratus
  • Plumed Whistling-Duck** Dendrocygna eytoni
  • Maned Duck Chenonetta jubata
  • Chestnut Teal** Anas castanea
  • Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
  • Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
  • White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
  • Swamp Harrier Circus approximans
  • Gray Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae
  • Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus
  • Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax
  • Little Eagle Aquila morphnoides
  • Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
  • Brown Falcon Falco berigora
  • Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  • Stubble Quail** Coturnix pectoralis
  • Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
  • Tasmanian Native-hen* Gallinula mortierii
  • Banded Lapwing** Vanellus tricolor
  • Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
  • Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops
  • Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii
  • Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae
  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo** Calyptorhynchus funereus
  • Gang-gang Cockatoo** Callocephalon fimbriatum
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
  • Green Rosella* Platycercus caledonicus
  • Eastern Rosella** Platycercus eximius
  • Blue-winged Parrot** Neophema chrysostoma
  • Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor*
  • Pallid Cuckoo Cuculus pallidus
  • Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis
  • Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis
  • Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus
  • Australian Masked-Owl* Tyto novaehollandiae
  • Southern Boobook Ninox boobook
  • Australian Owlet-Nightjar Aegotheles cristatus
  • Tawny Frogmouth** Podargus strigoides
  • White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus
  • Laughing Kookaburra** Dacelo novaeguineae
  • Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
  • Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans
  • Australasian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae
  • Olive-tailed Thrush Zoothera lunulata
  • Gray Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa
  • Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca
  • Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor
  • Flame Robin** Petroica phoenicea
  • Pink Robin** Petroica rodinogaster
  • Dusky Robin* Melanodryas vittata
  • Olive Whistler** Pachycephala olivacea
  • Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
  • Gray Shrike-Thrush Colluricincla harmonica
  • Spotted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum
  • Superb Fairywren** Malurus cyaneus
  • Tasmanian Scrubwren* Sericornis humilis
  • Scrubtit* Acanthornis magnus
  • Striated Fieldwren** Calamanthus fuliginosus
  • Brown Thornbill** Acanthiza pusilla
  • Tasmanian Thornbill* Acanthiza ewingii
  • Yellow-rumped Thornbill** Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
  • Silver-eye Zosterops lateralis
  • Yellow-throated Honeyeater* Lichenostomus flavicollis
  • Black-headed Honeyeater* Melithreptus affinis
  • Strong-billed Honeyeater* Melithreptus validirostris
  • Crescent Honeyeater** Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
  • New Holland Honeyeater** Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
  • Eastern Spinebill** Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
  • Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
  • Brush Wattlebird** Anthochaera chrysoptera
  • Yellow Wattlebird* Anthochaera paradoxa
  • Dusky Woodswallow** Artamus cyanopterus
  • Black Currawong* Strepera fuliginosa
  • Gray Currawong** Strepera versicolor
  • Forest Raven** Corvus tasmanicus
  • Beautiful Firetail** Stagonopleura bella


Introduced species

  • Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
  • European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  • European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
  • European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus 


Over 80 species have been recorded on the reserve incluing many Tasmanian endemics (*) and Australian endemics (**) see above. 


Other Fauna

Mammals include Tasmanian Devil, Platypus, Echidna, Quolls (2 specied), Wombats, Bennet´s Wallaby, Rufous Wallaby (2 species), Brown and Barred Bandicoots. 

There are various snakes and lizards, and a rare amphibian is the Blue & Green Bellfrog (endemic), also present is the threatened Burrowing Crayfish. 

The forest is dominated by 4 species of eucalyptus, in two different forest types classed as dry sclerophyll and wet sclerophyll forests: E. ovata (in swampy areas), E. viminalis (wet areas), E. amygdalina (dry slopes) and E. obliqua( wetter areas). Understorey is diverse and the reserve is one of few localities where an endemic species of Pimelea a herbaceous plant is protected. 

Author: Geof Bromfield This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.