Rocky outcrops come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from huge granite boulders strewn across hilltops, to small collections of scattered rocks in a paddock.
When protected from grazing and revegetated with groundcovers and low shrubs, rocky outcrops can help filter and slow runoff, leading to increased soil moisture and reducing erosion.
They are also valuable habitat for a rich variety of plants and animals, including threatened and specialised rock-dwelling species. The cracks and crevices among rocky outcrops protect vulnerable plants from grazing by livestock and other herbivores, meaning that many plants that were formerly widespread now find refuge among the rocks.
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