Alpine Habitats has a diverse range of snowy mountains sub alpine flora and fauna. Rehabilitation of the land has been a key part of the development as well as changing the use of the land from intensive farming. Species of flora and fauna have revelled in their improved environment.
The native snowy mountains fauna is often on show particularly on warmer nights. Some species like wombats can be seen under torch light at night while others like the echidna can be spotted in the middle of the day. Dawn and dusk are great times to see wildlife around Alpine Habitats and you should certainly see kangaroos at these times.
Animal species that can be seen at Alpine Habitats include kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and emus. Although not native or wanted, rabbits, wild deer, foxes and sheep can be seen on the property, all of which the kids love.
Reptiles are abundant with many varieties of lizards and skinks. The copperhead snake is often seen out in the warmer months looking for a feed from the thousands of frogs that sing a chorus through the evenings.
Kookaburras, Gang-gang Cockatoos, Crimson and Eastern Rosella’s, Thrush’s and Red-breasted Robins can all be seen hopping through the trees or feeding in the native grasses. Wedge-tail Eagles, hawks and falcons often circle above and if your lucky perched on one of the trees waiting for a thermal.
There are many species of native fauna at Alpine Habitats that include trees, shrubs ground cover and grasses.
The predominant feature of Alpine Habitats is the Snow Gums. Three main eucalypts make up the upper storey of the woodlands. The Black and White Sallees (eucalyptus stellulata and pauciflora) are both snow gums and are unique to the alpine environment. These trees have been twisted and contorted by the harsh environment and have some beautiful colours especially when wet. The Candlebark (eucalyptas rubida) grow much taller and straighter than the snow gums and have a beautiful red trunk in the warmer months. Since the the removal of stock and the efforts of rehabilitation two species of wattle have begun to occur. The acacia delbater and the acacia melanoxolin are providing a home for birds and some extra colour in spring.
Some of the grasses and ground cover at Alpine Habitats include Lomandra, Wallaby Grass, Kangaroo Grass, Native Geranium. These species are also enjoying the removal of farm stock and the rehabilitation process.