TAS: Mountain Valley - Len and Pat Doherty
Len and Pat Doherty are the owners of 'Mountain Valley', a property located approximately 55km south-west of Devonport. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and offers environmentally-friendly accommodation in the form of small cabins. It is Len and Pat's intent to continue to conserve and protect the property for the benefit of the local environment. Mountain Valley is protected in perpetuity by a conservation covenant through the Private Forest Reserves Program. The property is also a member of Land for Wildlife and is registered as a Private Nature Reserve with the Tasmanian state government.
Mountain Valley covers 61 hectares and is situated in a river valley approximately 50km inland from the north coast and 340m – 500m above sea level. Vegetation includes a combination of one hundred year old regrowth wet sclerophyll forest - comprising predominantly of manna gums (Eucalyptus viminalis), alpine ashes (E. Delegatensis) and some rainforest remnants - old growth forest, riparian habitat and limestone karst.
Many of the wildlife species found on the property are threatened or unique including karst invertebrates, tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), spotted-tailed (Dasyurus maculatus) and eastern (Dasyurus viverrinus) quolls, tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, wombats (Vombatus ursinus tasmaniensis), platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), tiger (Notechis scutatus) and lowland copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) snakes, skinks (Scincidae spp.), burrowing (Engaeus spp.) and giant freshwater (Astacopsis gouldi) crayfish, water rats (Hydromys chrysogaster), dusky antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii), and 11 of the 12 birds endemic to Tasmania.