The Domain is a reserve on the edge of the central business district of Hobart which is totally surrounded by urban development. The reserve is a mixture of developed recreational facilities and natural grassland and grassy woodlands. The area has a depleted vertebrate fauna typical of an urban parkland isolated from other natural areas. The only mammals known to be present today are bats and the brush tail possum. The bird fauna is dominated by larger species such as the Australianmagpie, eastern rosella and the aggressive noisy miner. Reptiles have not suffered to the same extent as the birds or mammals with six species definitely present and another two species possibly present. Heavy recreational use of the natural areas may be detrimental to the fauna. Past management practices have reduced sheltering sites, such as rocks and logs, for reptiles and destroyed the site most suitable for frogs.