Surveys of the area by TPT/TSS in late 2017, revealed spiny bossia to be the dominant under-shrub over many hectares, representing the largest population recorded in Tasmania, as well as unearthing a new population of the EPBC-listed Pomaderris pilifera subsp. talpicutica (moleskindogwood). In addition, the area’s lower slopes supported what appeared to be excellent orchid habitat. The current round of surveys will focus on searches for the tailed spider-orchid, complete the survey effort for spiny bossia, and check on the flowering status of the moleskin dogwood (for the subsequent collection & storage of seed for the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre). We will be working with Oberon Carter, Senior Conservation Management Officer with DPIPWE’s Threatened Species Section.

Site and Work Conditions Summary: The site — which is a single private property of more than 400 hectares — consists of a series of steepish ridges and gullies, with elevations ranging from 60 to 230 metres above sea level. Vegetation is mostly dry sclerophyll woodland on mudstones, the dominant eucalypt being either Eucalyptus tenuiramis or Eucalyptus amygdalina, with the occasional Eucalyptus obliqua along the gullies. The majority of the day will be off-track through relatively open country, but one can expect plenty of tripping hazards in the form of fallen timber, low shrubs and loose rock; a moderate level of fitness will be required. Mobile phone reception will be available. Please make sure all your gear is clean and free of seeds and soil (see below).

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