Woodvine is a 377 hectare Nature Reserve near Forcett. The Friends of Woodvine work closely with Parks & Wildlife staff to carry on the vision of Ernie Shaw, who donated the property to the people of Tasmania to protect Woodvine’s natural environment, flora and fauna forever. We also help care for the heritage-listed farm buildings and weed outbreaks of Spanish heath.

Where we work

Woodvine Nature Reserve is one of the only pieces of non coastal reserved land in the Sorell area. It’s a former farm, now reserved to protect both its natural and cultural values. Woodvine was donated to the Crown by Ernie Shaw in 1998 and proclaimed a Nature Reserve in June 2001. Ernie Shaw died in 2005.

The Reserve “retains an extensive cover of native vegetation that is important for the conservation of rare and threatened species of plants and animals and vegetation communities at the local, regional state and national level. The reserve is important as it supports representative examples of vegetation communities now extensively cleared in south-eastern Tasmania. In particular, Eucalyptus amygdalina forest and woodland on sandstone, Eucalyptus ovata heathy woodland, and Themeda triandra lowland grassland are significant.” (http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=20572)
The group of farm buildings, including the original shingled 1860s one, were added to the Tasmanian Heritage Register in July 2006.

Ernie Shaw’s great grandparents, Daniel and Elizabeth Long, began farming at Woodvine in 1861 and Ernie was the last of their descendants to live there. There is a marked grave to the west of the 1860s house – Oswald Long was one of Daniel and Elizabeth’s 14 children and the only one not to survive to adulthood.

Most of the bushland in the Reserve burned in the bushfires in January 2013. The property is at the end of White Hill Road (turn left onto Delmore Road at Forcett and bear right onto White Hill Road). If visiting, please use the brush down station at the gate to clean footwear before entering the Reserve. The Woodvine Management Statement is available on the Parks and Wildlife website at http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=20572

What We Do

Friends of Woodvine hold working bees several times a year to clear vegetation and maintain the farm buildings. Achievements so far include restumping and re-claddding the end wall of the stable, covering a broken chimney and installing damp proofing on one cottage, retrieving artefacts from the cow shed and repairing loose weatherboards on other buildings. A group of the Friends have a regular program of weeding Spanish Heath.

Our Contacts

Our weeding group tackling Spanish Heath usually meets on the first Monday of the month.
Contact David for details (reynoldsfamily@netspace.net.au). The Heritage group work to protect the cultural heritage including building repair works, gardening and community Open Days. For information about heritage works contact Alena.Hrasky@parks.tas.gov.au Woodvine is at the end of White Hills Road (turn left onto Delmore Road at Forcett and bear right onto White Hills Road). If visiting, please use the brush down station at the gate to clean footwear before entering the Reserve.