Ben Lomond


Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2009)
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Area: 18,192 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The IBA is identical to Ben Lomond National Park, which is located approximately 45 km south-east of Launceston in north-eastern Tasmania. This IBA is chosen as the north-eastern representative of a series of protected areas that support populations of most of Tasmania's endemic birds across a wide altitudinal range. Ben Lomond is the largest upland massif supporting a large area of native forest in the north-east of Tasmania. The national park experiences a maritime periglacial climate with cold to mild temperatures, heavy rainfall and regular snowfalls in winter. The terrain consists of a rocky plateau composed predominantly of dolerites surrounded by steep escarpments. The plateau supports patches of low and often stunted vegetation (mostly grassland, grassy shrublands and herbfield), but a variety of floral communities, ranging from alpine moorlands to dense forests, are found elsewhere on the mountain. The slopes of the mountain, below the escarpments, are dominated by tall eucalypt forests.

Key biodiversity
The restricted-range (endemic) Tasmanian Thornbill and biome-restricted Pink Robin and Striated Fieldwren are likely to occur in the IBA but have not been documented in the few bird surveys completed.

Non-bird biodiversity: A total 222 species of plants have been recorded on Ben Lomond plateau including Colobanthus curtisiae, which is classified as vulnerable under federal government legislation; the rock cushion plant Chionohebe ciliolata, which is found nowhere else in Tasmania; and Oreomyrrhis sessiflora, a rare endemic. Four of 22 floral communties identified by Davies and Davies (1989) within the IBA are considered to be inadequately represented in conservation reserves in Tasmania. The fauna of the Ben Lomond region is not well described, with only a small number of native invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles, and 27 species of native mammals, confirmed to occur in the IBA (Parks and Wildlife Service 1998).


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ben Lomond. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/10/2019.