Home to Rare and Endangered Species
The Bridport Walking Track has a rich diversity of fauna and flora including many species that are of high conservation value. The vegetation communities are significant and these include heath, wetland, sedgeland, woodland, dry sclerophyll (coastal) forest and riparian vegetation. There are a number of threatened flora species which are locally common in the reserve such as the Xanthorrhoea or Grass Tree, Tapered leek orchid and Juniper wattle (Acacia ulicifolia). Many of the animal species in the area are endemic to Tasmania. Three endemic bird species have been identified; Green Rosella, Yellow Wattlebird and Yellow-throated Honeyeater. The preservation of the habitat for the animals living in the area of the Bridport Walking Track is extremely important. Some species are threatened and fully protected by law such as the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Spotted-tailed Quoll and Tasmanian Devil. The world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial is the Tasmanian Devil which is the size of a small dog, and the second largest the Spotted-tailed Quoll. The habitat for the tiny burrowing crayfish is preserved in the swamplands section of the track. The Bridport Walking Track is also home to the only two existing species of monotremes (egg laying mammals) on earth; the Short Beaked echidna and platypus.