The Woodvine Nature Reserve is a 377 hectare property situated in southeast Tasmania,about 45 kilometres east of Hobart and c. 8 kilometres from Forcett. The most recent owner of the property was H.E. ‘Ernie’ Shaw, his great-grandparents having settled there in 1861. Desirous of protecting the animals that lived there, and wishing to preserve its unique vegetation, Mr Shaw donated the property to the Crown in 1998, and because of its relatively low levels of clearing and very low grazing pressure, its high order of natural values resulted in it being proclaimed as a nature reserve in 2001. In contrast with much of the neighbouring land, the reserve retains an extensive cover of native vegetation (c. 85% of its area) that is deemed to be important for the conservation of rare and threatened species of plants and animals and vegetation communities at the local, regional State and national level. The reserve supports representative examples of vegetation communities that have now been
extensively cleared in southeastern Tasmania. In particular, it has three vegetation communities considered significant, namely Eucalyptus amygdalina forest and woodland on sandstone, Eucalyptus ovata heathy woodland, and Themeda triandra lowland grassland. Its areas of buttongrass (Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus) and wetland with sphagnum moss species occur below the minimum rainfall levels for their expected range, the mean annual rainfall for this area of subhumid climate being about 500 mm.