Land for Wildlife

The Land for Wildlife scheme (LFW) was established in Tasmania in 1998. Participation in this conservation scheme is voluntary, free, and non-binding. The LFW scheme aims to encourage, support and recognise landowners who are taking a positive approach to the integration of property land management with nature conservation on private land.

A large proportion of Tasmania's wildlife species and habitat types which are poorly reserved on public land occur on privately owned land. Protecting a diverse range of habitats today will assist in reducing the risk of species becoming threatened in the future. Properties registered with the LFW scheme can make a valuable contribution to protecting our wildlife species and habitats. The LFW scheme is generally interested in areas that are greater than two hectares in size.

As at November 2015, there were around 910 LFW agreements in Tasmania covering 57,088 hectares.


Benefits of membership to the LFW scheme include:
  • On-site assessment to provide information and advice on habitats and species;
  • Practical advice and technical notes on land management;
  • A book which provides information on native fauna and their habitats;
  • A regular newsletter; and
  • A durable, attractive sign to indicate your membership in the scheme.


Have you ever thought about fungi?


Are you familiar with the EucaFlip and TreeFlip? These are very useful guides to take out into the bush as they are compact


Podoscypha petalodes
Photo:  Oberon Carter

and weatherproof.  Now there is the FungiFlip which contains lots of beautiful photos of many macro fungi species you may encounter when out walking in the bush or other places.

The FungiFlip is a pictorial guide with photos and Latin names for the fungi species unlike the EucaFlip, for example, which provides information on key identifying features for Tasmania's native Eucalypt species.  Once you get your eye in however, and see just how beautiful, colourful and intricate many species are, you may need further information and resources to support your fascination.

Armillaria novae-zealandiae
Photo: Oberon Carter


However, the most appropriate guide to get for Tasmanian fungi is 'A field guide to Tasmanian Fungi' by Genevieve Gates and David Ratkowsky which was published in 2014.  Unfortunately it is now out of print, so if you do spy a copy for sale it is worth buying.  It is likely that it may be reprinted perhaps later this year - let's hope so.  The first part of the book provides guidance on how to identify fungi from such features as spore print colour, presence or absence of veils, whether there are gills on the undersurface of the cap, the shape of the gills if present or if there are pores.  The photographs are beautiful and clearly show the identity of each species.  There is a brief description for each species along with a fruting season diagram which shows the months in which you are most likely to see the above ground fruiting bodies.

                                                           - Iona Mitchell


Cortinarius archeri
Photo: Oberon Carter


Hericium coralloides
Photo:  Oberon Carter






For more information on useful resources to learn more about fungi and how to identify them, read the full version of this article in the June 2016 edition of The Running Postman:

  The Running Postman June 2016   (947Kb)

Additional Information

Judy Westbrook and kids


LFW members.
Photo by Peter Tonelli

The Running Postman and previous Land for Wildlife newsletters are now available online.

If you live in an urban or suburban area the Gardens for Wildlife scheme may interest you.

How to apply

If you would like more information about LFW, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form.

  Land for Wildlife Expression of Interest   (43Kb)


Land for Wildlife
Iona Mitchell
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4409

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