Fauna and Flora

Fauna and Flora

The Jock Marshall Reserve contains the highest concentration of biodiversity values within the University. It provides the largest area of intact and structurally diverse terrestrial fauna habitat at the university providing valuable refuge for skinks, possums, amphibians and many native bird species, but it also attracts some unwanted introduced species such as foxes.

Due to varying approaches to land management over time, the reserve consists of a mixed ecosystem of introduced natives amongst remnant indigenous flora with an ongoing issue with environmental weeds. The swamp gums (Eucalyptus ovata) that occupy the southwest corner of the reserve, are some of the only original remnant vegetation still present.

The management of the JMR is guided by both the Jock Marshall Reserve Management Plan and the Jock Marshall Reserve Operational Plan. Both plans were implemented in 2021 and together, they aim to maintain and enhance the Conservation, Educational and Scientific values of the JMR, while acknowledging its cultural history. The management of invasive and introduced fauna and flora species are also managed under these plans.