Plants & Animals

Kingborough’s diverse landscapes support a variety of bushland types, which provides habitat for many native animals. With an abundance of bushland reserves within and surrounding our urban areas, there is endless opportunity to explore and experience native plants and animals.

There are many reserves throughout Kingborough to explore. Council manages these in partnership with Landcare and Coastcare groups. A list of our reserves can be found on the Recreation & Facilities map.

Our bushland areas, coastline and many of our reserves contain a high diversity of native plants; trees, shrubs, sedges, lilies and irises, climbers, grasses, herbs and orchids.  Information on a sample of species in the municipality is available in the Kingborough Plant Species List.

Our bushland, urban fringes, coastline, waterways and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel provide habitat to a wide variety of native mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fish and invertebrates (including insects, spiders, crustaceans and molluscs).

Habitat refers to animals homes, where they eat, sleep, nest and breed. Various insects live among fallen leaves and branches on the forest floor, beetles live in rotting logs, frogs live among sedges, rocks and logs beside creeks and dams, lizards live under rocks or logs, bandicoots nest in dense clumps of sedges, quolls live in rock dens or rotted out tree roots, little bush birds live in small tree hollows, owls live in bigger tree hollows and possums live in even bigger tree hollows. Bushland that looks messy, with fallen branches, leaves on the ground, dead branches on trees, dead standing trees, logs, rocks and tree stumps, contains many different homes. Bushland that has lawn like grass with no logs, stumps or fallen branches and leaves contains very little habitat. Leaving bushland messy outside your fire management zones, means providing habitat for your local animals.

Creating a native habitat garden?

A range of information is available from Council to help you get started, including plant suggestions and garden design ideas.

GROW LOCAL – a guide to local native plants suitable for gardens in southern Tasmania.

NATIVE GARDENS – a planting and landscaping guide for the southern region of Tasmania.

URBAN REFUGES – Design your garden for eastern barred bandicoots.

Council’s Natural Areas and Biodiversity Team are more than happy to help with any questions you might have about creating habitat or managing native vegetation on your property.