Taradale lies between the Fryers Ridge and Taradale Nature Conservation Reserves. These reserves, and nearby pockets of land are part of the 17% of remaining box ironbark forests that once stretched in a broad band across north central Victoria.
Box ironbark forests and woodlands are dominated by red ironbark, yellow gum, red box and grey box trees with an understory of shrubs, annual plants and grasses. In spring the ground is carpeted with a spectacular display of wildflowers.
“As a result of habitat loss, 350 box-ironbark plant and animal species are now threatened.” The danger to these species is being addressed by the creation of dedicated public reserves and programs such as Connecting Country. Connecting Country works with private landholders to build habitat corridors and encourage and monitor the progress of threatened species.
For information about what activities you can enjoy at these reserves follow the link on this page to Parks Victoria.