Biodiversity Program

The Biodiversity Program's aim is to maintain and enhance landscape function for biodiversity, with a focus on protecting habitat for EPBC species and communities and RAMSAR wetland values in Northern Tasmania.

The Big Picture

The NRM North region comprises approximately 60% natural landscapes which support native species, communities and ecosystems that have experienced minimal human impacts. These biodiversity-rich natural landscapes are highly valued by the community for their intrinsic value and the way that they characterise Tasmania and the sense of place for our communities. They also underpin much of our economy, and are of high value to Tasmania’s growing tourism industry.

The biodiversity values within our natural landscapes are under increasing threat from habitat loss and modification from changing land use and development pressures, weeds, pests and diseases, climate change, and natural disasters such as floods, drought and fire. There is an opportunity to work with both public and private land managers to implement on-ground action and to support policy and planning initiatives to buffer the impacts of these threats and pressures on our biodiversity.

New growth on native plant
On-ground revegetation activities are included in many of our biodiversity projects
Shy susan
Shy Susan (Tetratheca gunnii) is critically endangered and only occurs in isolated patches near Beaconsfield.

Strategic Focus

The Biodiversity Program aims to protect and enhance native habitat and landscape function, with a focus on high value natural assets including threatened species and ecological communities, endemic species and Ramsar wetland sites. The priority natural assets and associated actions have been selected based on NRM North’s capacity to achieve long term positive outcomes by increasing community awareness and involvement and working with a range of partners across land tenures.

The target biodiversity assets NRM North will focus on between 2015-2025 include:

  • Tasmanian endemic species such as Shy Susan, Davies Wax Flower and the Golfer’s Leek Orchid;
  • nationally listed species and communities including Coastal Temperate Saltmarsh, Spotted Tailed Quoll, Hooded Plover, Giant Freshwater Lobster and Eastern Barred Bandicoot; and
  • Ramsar sites including Little Waterhouse Lake, Flood Plain Lower Ringarooma River, and Logan Lagoon.

You can learn more about the Biodiversity Program in the NRM North Strategic Plan 2019-2023.

Current Biodiversity Projects

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Safeguarding northern Tasmania as a refuge for Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Giant Freshwater Lobster

Promoting the expansion and recovery of Giant Freshwater Lobster.

Hooded Plover

Reducing threats to Hooded Plover breeding success in northern Tasmania.

Small Farm Living

Supporting small landholders to care for their natural resources.

Ringarooma Ramsar

Reducing threats to the Floodplain Lower Ringarooma River Ramsar site.

Tasmanian Cat Management

Working with community, government and key stakeholders to promote responsible cat management across Tasmania.

Vegetation and Biodiversity On-Farm

Improving land management practices of communities and landholders to increase the vegetation and biodiversity of productive landscapes.