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Getting to grips with
Queensland Herbarium botanist Jeanette Kemp joined Above: Staff members (L-R) Jim Radford,
Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Jim Radford and Clair Dougherty and Paul Foreman undertaking
vegetation survey in eucalypt woodlands of Yourka
other Bush Heritage staff in an exploration of one of Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: Jen GRinDROD. Inset:
Bush Heritage’s newest reserves. Scenic landform and vegetation of Yourka Reserve,
Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/eCOPiX.
T hump! We felt the jolt of the Hilux
shuddering to an abrupt stop before
we registered the sound of the front axle
and potholes into the tracks around
Yourka Reserve had also delayed
The primary aim of the blitz was to learn
more about the ecology of Yourka by
gathering information from focused field
ecological surveys because much of
ramming into the chalky roadbed as the the reserve was inaccessible until surveys and investigation. An intensive
track gave way beneath us. Opening autumn. When we arrived we could mammal survey program, using infra-red
the doors, we tumbled out into a gaping see flood debris, including uprooted motion-triggered cameras, cage traps
hole in the road. The deceptively solid and spotlighting, was conducted in the
trees, lodged in the limbs of towering
surface was merely a thin crust over moist forests and woodlands in the east
paperbarks and river she-oaks a full
a treacherous pothole, excavated by of the property. Although the presence
20 m above the creeks.
recent rains. of the primary target of this survey effort,
The floodwaters had finally receded the endangered northern bettong, was
Luckily we had backup, and were by late June when a team of botanists, not confirmed, many other mammals
pulled from impending doom before zoologists and ornithologists from the were recorded.
navigating an alternative route to our Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Greater gliders were abundant among
next survey point. Parks and Wildlife Service and Bush the tall eucalypt forests in the Cameron
The torrential rains of the last wet Heritage descended upon Yourka to Creek valley; brush-tailed possums
season that had carved deep incisions undertake the reserve’s first ‘bio-blitz’. were also spotted, an encouraging
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Left to right: noisy friar-bird at Yourka Reserve, Qld.
PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/eCOPiX. Carnivorous
sundew (Drosera lanata) at Yourka Reserve, Qld.
PHOTO: JeAneTTe KeMP. Greater glider at Yourka
Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/eCOPiX.
Grasstree habitat at Yourka Reserve, Qld. PHOTO:
Bottom right: The black-chinned honeyeater,
a rare species recorded at Yourka.
PHOTO: GRAeMe CHAPMAn.
sign because there is concern that this wings, peaceful doves and red-browed (Drosera lanata) shaped like a many-
species may be declining in northern firetails were common on the river armed starfish, and a miniaturised herb
Queensland. Rufous bettongs were flats, feasting on grass seeds that were (Mitrasacme phascoides) known from
widespread throughout the property; abundant in the wake of the summer only a handful of specimens in Cape
the characteristic ‘sneeze’ of the long- rains. Large flocks of the comical and York. Finding this plant at Yourka means
nosed bandicoot betrayed its presence acrobatic apostle-bird, families of grey- that its range is extended by nearly
behind our camp on the Cameron crowned babblers and a dawn chorus led 300 km. Many more annual species, too
Creek; and a brown bandicoot was by bush stone curlews were sights and dry to be identified this time round, will
captured by one of the cameras. in sounds to gladden the soul. Wet tropic be looked at again in the wet season.
addition, numerous native rats were species like Victoria’s riflebird, bridled
trapped and an inquisitive dunnart honeyeater and lemon-bellied flycatcher A long-unburnt example of heathy
recorded for posterity by a remote could be ticked off in the hills along the vegetation was discovered, supporting
camera. Further mammal surveys are eastern margins of the property. grasstrees with complete skirts of dead
underway as we go to press. foliage, as well as piles of litter on
The real gems, however, were
the ground. in one of these litter piles
Yourka’s variety of land formations and uncovered by the botanists. Yourka is
we found a poorly known orchid, later
vegetation types makes it a great place proving to be a botanical wonderland,
identified by the Queensland Herbarium
for birding. Forty-two species were added even for local experts, who had
as the green truffle orchid (Arthrochilus
to the Yourka bird list during the blitz, previously been unable to explore the
dockrillii). This is only the tenth record
bringing the total to 116 species. This area thoroughly. There are substantial
of this species, and it extends the
is sure to rise with spring bird surveys areas of deep weathered white or red
known range south by 10–20 km.
planned for October. sandy soils on low rises and plains.
The poor nutrient status of these soils The edges of incised creeks reveal a
notable observations included the near-
and ephemeral nature of the rains hardened layer beneath the weathered
threatened northern subspecies of the
have encouraged the development sands, and it is this habitat which is
brown treecreeper and a small flock
of a heath-like flora that is species revealing several interesting shrubby
of black-chinned honeyeaters, rare in
rich, particularly in miniature annuals, heath species, including a probable
Queensland. Red-headed honeyeaters
but also in low shrubby heath plants undescribed boronia, the hopbush
were found at the southern extremity
that are otherwise uncommon in the Dodonaea uncinata (listed as Rare
of their range, foraging with scarlet
tropical north. under the Queensland nature
honeyeaters among paperbarks fringing
Yourka Gorge. Raucous gatherings of The blitz gave us a tantalising sample Conservation Act ), and a shrub from the
noisy friar-birds, scaly-breasted and of the array of exciting ground species Rutaceae family (Cryptandra debilis)
rainbow lorikeets aggregated in the open to be found, including tiny delicate which has a very restricted range (200 x
woodlands. A host of seed-eaters, such trigger plants (Stylidium) less than 1 cm 70 km) – the Yourka specimen extends
as squatter pigeons, common bronze- tall, a stunning carnivorous sundew its previously known range by 30 km.
The blitz enabled field checking of the known and/or collected. Processing Bush Heritage would also like to thank
existing vegetation mapping done by of the plant specimens is not yet all external participants in the blitz: ian
the Queensland Herbarium and the Wet complete, and may still reveal more Sinclair (Department of environment
Tropics Management Authority. This interesting finds. and Resource Management); Jeanette
provided useful data for Herbarium staff Kemp, eda Addicott and Mark newton
While the bio-blitz revealed many of
who are refining the mapping, while (Queensland Herbarium); John Winter
Yourka’s secrets, we have just scratched
at the same time providing a basis for (ecologist); and Mark Parsons and
the surface. Reptiles, amphibians, fish
Bush Heritage staff to produce a more Andy Baker (Queensland Parks and
and invertebrates were not included in
detailed map to use for fire planning Wildlife Service).
the surveys and many of the regional
and general management.
ecosystems on Yourka are poorly
Herbarium staff were excited by a surveyed. Much work remains to be
vegetation assemblage which could be done and we look forward to uncovering
considered as a new vegetation type. more exciting finds. ■
if officially recognised, its entire known
distribution may be restricted to Yourka
Reserve. This vegetation type occurs
on pale deep-weathered soils, and is
dominated by the Queensland peppermint
(e. exserta), the restricted-range
bloodwood (Corymbia abergiana), and
two species of she-oak, including the
hairy she-oak (Allocasuarina inophloia),
which outside Yourka is rarely found in
such extensive communities. A shrubby,
heathy layer includes a rare hopbush
(Dodonaea uncinata), as well as wattles,
grevilleas, sedges and many interesting
Overall the blitz has contributed to
a current plant list of 308 species
including four listed as threatened
under the Queensland nature
Conservation Act, and an additional
eleven species that are very poorly
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Bush Heritage ecologist
Paul Foreman reveals the
of Edgbaston Reserve
I t’s easy to think that we know
everything there is to know about the
world. each country has been mapped,
every ‘lost tribe’ discovered. And yet
you often hear observations like this
one, from the Convention on Biological
reveals its secrets Diversity: ‘Globally, around 1.75 million
species have been described and
formally named to date, and there are
good grounds for believing that several
million more species exist but remain
undiscovered and undescribed’.
While it is true that most unknown
species are insects or deep-sea
marine organisms, many people will be
surprised to learn that a lot of terrestrial
plants remain undiscovered (estimated
at over 10 per cent or 30 000 species).
And even though botanists have been
poring over the continent since the
era of Joseph Banks and Charles
Darwin, it is still possible to find
completely new things today – usually
in remote places with unique or highly
The spectacular 1994 discovery of
the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis),
a large prehistoric tree, only 150
km from Sydney is a memorable
example. And, excitingly, Bush
Heritage’s newest reserve in central
Top, left to right: Artesian spring on edgbaston
Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR/
eCOPiX. A scrambling pigface with broad,
flat leaves (Gunniopsis spp.). PHOTO: PAuL
FOReMAn. ecological monitoring on the
escarpment country at the northern edge of
ethabuka Reserve, Qld. Paul Foreman assessing
the Mitchell grass plains on edgbaston Reserve,
Qld. PHOTOS: Jen GRinDROD.
Below, top to bottom: The distinctive ‘antler-
like’ fruits of Atriplex spp. (edgbaston) first
collected in June 2009 along with two other
new copper burrs (Sclerolaena spp.) (edgbaston).
Giant pipewort, edgbaston Reserve, Qld.
PHOTOS: PAuL FOReMAn.
Queensland, edgbaston, is also revealing edgbaston or found in just one or two
new treasures. other nearby locations with similar
ecosystems. Amazingly, it is likely there
What might be perceived by most as
are still more species to be found.
‘just another cow paddock’ or even
a ‘terrible place’ (as described by So why is edgbaston so biologically
a local grazier in our Spring 2008 rich? The answer lies squarely with
newsletter) is in fact a biological hot the permanent artesian springs
spot. By now many readers would be scattered across the Pelican Creek/
aware of edgbaston’s unique, critically Lake Mueller complex in the reserve’s
endangered fish, the redfin blue-eye, east. These springs discharge from
which was only discovered in 1990. thin sandstone aquifers that recharge
However, the story of edgbaston’s in the surrounding desert uplands to
endemic plants is less well known the north and east. These discharge
and understood. points are often in the lowest parts of
the landscape and can be separated
in June this year, a team from Bush
by tens to hundreds of kilometres
Heritage collected no less than three
of unwatered land. it is thought that
new plants from the reserve – all the resulting isolation for very long
saltbushes that are endemic to the periods drives the evolution of new
saline scalds that fringe the property’s species that have adapted to specific
natural springs. One notable example springs environments. The surprisingly
is a delicate saltbush with distinctive high numbers of unique organisms
and bizarre ‘antler-like’ fruits (opposite). at edgbaston suggests this spring
This plant grows only a few hundred complex has been relatively stable and
metres from a spring on a low, saline effectively isolated for longer than most,
white-sand ridge covered in porcupine but no one really knows for sure.
spinifex (Triodia longiceps).
in a recent seminal paper on the redfin
These new discoveries at edgbaston blue-eye, edgbaston was called ‘the
mean there are now no less than most significant springs for biodiversity
fifteen plants that have been described conservation in the entire [Great ExtINctIoN Is foREvER
only very recently or still wait for a Artesian Basin]’. The more we get to edgbaston’s riches are just one
name to be assigned. Some interesting know this reserve, the more we can example of the threatened species
examples include a scrambling pigface see why! ■ and ecosystems that Bush Heritage
with broad, flat leaves, an apparently protects. Visit www.bushheritage.
long-lived ‘woody’ species of ‘beauty- org.au/savenativespecies for
heads’ and a giant pipewort (up to A full version of this article with details of our Christmas appeal
50 cm tall) growing in springs shaded references can be found on our reinforcing the need for protection of
under tea-tree thickets. All of these website at www.bushheritage.org. all native species.
species are either endemic solely to au/edgbaston_secrets.
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Left to right: Glen norris (left) presents Carolle
and Paul Spencer with a framed photograph of Bon
Bon Station and a history of the local area. PHOTO:
CRAiG nORRiS. Red mallee (Eucalyptus socialis), the
only representation of eucalyptus found on Bon Bon
Station Reserve. unnamed salt lake, Bon Bon Station
Reserve, SA. PHOTOS: GLen nORRiS.
Below: Aerial view of Bon Bon Station Reserve
homestead, SA. PHOTO: HuGH PRinGLe.
Changing of the guard at Bon Bon Station Reserve
Bush Heritage acquired Bon Bon Station Reserve in May 2008. Since September 2008,
volunteer caretakers Paul and Carolle Spencer have been living and working on the
reserve, putting in a huge effort to upgrade infrastructure. In early October, Glen Norris
was appointed as Bon Bon’s first full-time Reserve Manager, continuing and building on
the Spencer’s work.
P rior to joining Bush Heritage, i was
involved in the telecommunications
and civil earthmoving industries. i began as
has also been extremely satisfying to
be able to apply this in the context of
fast-track a lot of infrastructure projects
so we can focus more of our efforts on
biodiversity conservation. protecting the remarkable conservation
an operator of heavy plant and machinery values of the property.
in my previous role as national
and then moved into project management
roles on various metropolitan, rural and Operations Officer, i was directly i’d like to take this opportunity to thank
often remote projects. You don’t hear involved in managing Bon Bon Station Paul and Carolle Spencer on behalf
about many ‘dozer-driving greenies’, Reserve since its acquisition, so as of Bush Heritage. They have made an
however this background has been you can imagine, i was excited to be extraordinary commitment to Bon Bon
useful in informing the way Bush appointed to the Reserve Manager Station Reserve and the organisation by
Heritage manages conservation and position. We are currently still in the donating more than a year of their time
infrastructure projects in the field. it establishment phase, and i am looking to as on-site volunteer caretakers. ■
Bon Bon: the early days
Paul spencer describes the ups and downs of life on Bon Bon Station Reserve
C arolle and i were delighted to be
asked to be interim managers at Bon
Bon Station Reserve in South Australia
Although the homestead and the other
accommodation buildings were in
reasonable condition when we arrived,
times we arrived home a lot later than
was expected. On one occasion, bad
map interpretation and failing light led
in mid-2008. On arrival at the reserve we there were some problems with water us astray. Finally we saw lights in the
were not disappointed. The country varied pressure (taking a shower was a dry distance, and were surprised and then
from beautifully sculpted western myalls experience), lighting and air conditioning. absolutely delighted when we realised
and mulga to saltbush and a variety of These things became a priority with we were at Kingoonya Pub. We got
smaller plants and grasses. Springtime summer approaching. even with a sealed home late that night!
also showed us that flowers and blossoms highway running through the property,
the reserve is remote, and getting Bon Bon Station Reserve is the third
are very much a part of the picture and,
to our delight, Sturt’s desert peas were tradesmen to come has been a little reserve that Carolle and i have served
abundant in some areas. The landscape difficult. However, all was done in due on; ethabuka in the Simpson Desert
changes from rich red sand with low course, and Bon Bon Station Reserve and eurardy in the Western Australian
dunes to gibber plains and rocky ranges now has a very comfortable residence. wildflower area were the other two. To
that in turn open onto watercourses and exploring the property was at times say which is ‘best’ is not possible as all
magnificent salt lakes. Throw in the roos, a challenge: many tracks were either three are different and have their own
emus, lizards and a variety of desert non-existent or overgrown and special and unique features that have
birds, and Bon Bon Station Reserve is not discernible. each of our early made them a delight to look after. ■
an attractive area to care for. excursions was an adventure. A few
Above, left to right: Carolle and Paul Spencer pictured at Bon Bon Station Reserve. PHOTO: CRAiG nORRiS. A southern hairy-nosed wombat and joey at
Bon Bon, caught on one of Bush Heritage’s infra-red cameras in October 2009. PHOTO: BuSH HeRiTAGe. Sturt’s desert pea growing at Bon Bon Station
Reserve, SA. PHOTO: STeVe HeGGie.
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In memory You can help stop species loss
Family of Hazel and Jack Cowell donated
in their memory. Both were keen to
preserve and propagate native flora and
believed strongly in bush conservation.
T he famous naturalist Charles Darwin once said that his only regret in life
was that he didn’t do more to help his ‘fellow creatures’.
Patricia Stenning donated in memory According to recent studies, many mammal and bird populations across Australia
of Anne Spark (nee Gubbins), – from Kakadu to Victoria’s magnificent box–ironbark forests – are in serious
Lynda Avery donated in memory of decline. Critically, even populations of species seen as common are crashing: in
Beryl Atkin, and Richard Millard was northern and western Australia, the brush-tailed possum population is declining,
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Left to right: Fires threatening Carnarvon Station
Fire on Bush Heritage reserves
Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: STeVe PROTHeRO.
intensely burnt forest on Carnarvon Station
Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: CATHY ZWiCK
There have been several recent wildfires on Bush Heritage
reserves in Queensland, as the fire season gets underway.
B oth Goonderoo Reserve and
Carnarvon Station Reserve have
seen fire activity over the last few
Evaluating wildfire and fire management
at Carnarvon Station Reserve
Preliminary excursions indicate the
brigalow scrub has not been affected, but
some areas of fire-sensitive lancewood
On Wednesday 23 September, under
months, and staff and neighbours have difficult fire weather conditions, a have been burnt. in many places the fire
put in massive efforts fighting the fires. wildfire crossed the southern boundary intensity was cool enough to spare small
of Carnarvon Station Reserve heading saplings. We are yet to access the more
Prescribed or controlled burns and the intensely burnt areas, as there is a lot of
in a north-easterly direction. An all-day,
reinstatement of firebreaks across both track clearing to do before that is possible.
all-night effort by Bush Heritage staff,
properties earlier in the year helped
pastoral neighbours and Queensland Once the spring fires have come to an
to contain the fires, and back-burning
Rural Fire Service volunteers managed end and the summer rains have begun,
activities during the fires reduced fire
to limit its extent, thanks to an early we can start to evaluate the success
intensity and subsequent impact on
vegetation and wildlife. decision to back-burn from existing of landscape-scale fire management
firebreaks and maintain these activities. The impact of wildfires will also
Thanks to our neighbours at containment lines. be taken into account in our future fire
Goonderoo Reserve management plans.
Spring fires form part of the active
On 24 August a fire started on the management of the fire ecology of the Carnarvon Station Reserve is just one of
highway between emerald and reserve. However, we prefer them to many properties affected by this wildfire
Springsure, up against the reserve in the region. A further 300 000 ha of
occur in conditions where they can be
boundary. The reserve’s volunteer country south of Carnarvon have also
managed by staff with reasonable effort
caretakers were off-site, but neighbours been affected, a figure that emphasises
and not fought in a situation of urgency
arrived very quickly and put in a huge the scale and nature of fire management
and higher risk.
effort to contain the fire. We’d especially in this environment.
like to thank our agistor, Shannon The 23 000 ha of country affected
Bodiam, neighbours Hugo Spooner by this September wildfire burnt at a The photos of the effects of wildfire
and Vic Roffey, the Rural Fire Service range of intensities. An initial post-fire remind us of the need to continue active
and their volunteers, and Tony Sullivan, assessment showed that many areas fire management, especially following
had burnt at lower intensity, more closely long wet seasons, which dramatically
the local fire warden. With the help of
resembling a controlled burn. This increase the fuel loads. ■
more than twenty people, the fire was
contained. Around 100 ha were burnt, result is again due to the back-burning Murray Haseler, Dave Whitelaw,
but the fire-sensitive brigalow largely operations undertaken by firefighters on Cathy Zwick and Chris Wilson
escaped intact. the ground on the first night of the fire. contributed to this article.
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From the CEO underway. This campaign has a target
of $44 million to be raised by 30 June
Wilson and partner Alison – as well as
neighbours, volunteers, contractors and
There aren’t many dull moments at 2011. With new philanthropy staff the Queensland Rural Fire Service –
Bush Heritage, and the last few months recently joining the team, we’re well the extent of the fire may have been
have kept pace with this trend. As the placed to focus on building the support considerably worse. On this note, our
recent period of financial uncertainty has of individuals, trusts and foundations and thanks go to all our volunteers across
begun to ebb, a fresh sense of optimism corporate donors.
the country who help us in so many
for the future is steadily building. Our Among these positive movements, we ways to achieve our conservation goals.
Annual Financial Report and Annual were also reminded that conservation
Conservation Report for 2009, both Finally, the AGM in november saw the
happens at the behest of nature when a
released in november, show a good fire on a neighbouring pastoral property end of an era for the organisation. After
outcome despite a challenging year. in escaped onto Carnarvon Station completing three highly successful
choosing to batten down the hatches and Reserve in late September. i had driven terms as President of the Board, Phillip
curb the pace of our growth in the current through the Carnarvon Ranges just a Toyne made way for Louise Sylvan to
financial year, we have survived the week before the fires at Carnarvon, and take over the chair. Louise is supported
past twelve months and are immensely i can vouch that conditions were hot, dry by the appointment of Andy Myer
grateful for the loyalty of our supporters. and airless. who replaced Steve Morton as Vice
With a continued focus on our About one-third of the reserve was President. With a continuing strong and
conservation goals for this year and burnt when gusty winds drove the dedicated Board, Bush Heritage will
beyond, Phase ii of our Anchors in the fire through the property. Had it not move forward the legacy of Phillip’s
Landscape Campaign – the financial been for the dedicated efforts of vision and his longstanding passion for
platform for our strategic plan – is well our reserve staff, Cathy Zwick, Chris and commitment to the organisation.
changes on the Board We are pleased to welcome Louise
Sylvan as new President of the Board.
Phillip Toyne completed his Board term
Louise is a Commissioner with the
and almost nine years as President in
Productivity Commission. She is
november 2009, and i would like to Doug Humann, CEO
the former Chief executive of the
acknowledge the enormous contribution
Australian Consumers Association,
that he has made to Bush Heritage over
and is a former Deputy Chair of the
that time. He is one of Australia’s most
Australian Competition and Consumer
distinguished environmentalists and has a
Commission (ACCC). Louise has also
deep personal commitment to indigenous
been an active supporter of Bush
engagement. These two threads have
Heritage Australia for more than a
underpinned Phillip’s successful efforts
decade, and i am looking forward
in encouraging Bush Heritage’s strategic
to working with Louise in her new
expansion. With his characteristic
role as we strive to achieve Bush
mix of confidence, optimism, humour,
pragmatism and realism, he has led with Louise Sylvan, new
distinction one of the best not-for-profit For more details on Louise Sylvan and President of the
boards about. it has been inspirational Andy Myer, see www.bushheritage. BuSH HeRiTAGe.
and exciting to work with Phillip. org.au/louise_sylvan.html.
Above, left to right: Carnarvon grasslands. PHOTO: DAnnY Yee. Redneck wallaby at Carnarvon Station Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: WAYne LAWLeR.
Above, left to right: Black swans on Salty Lagoon,
Getting involved Friendly Beaches Reserve, Tas. Wedge-tailed eagle
at edgbaston Reserve, Qld. PHOTOS: WAYne
Current opportunities for getting involved with Bush Heritage, LAWLeR/eCOPiX. Bird survey group at Goonderoo
Reserve, Qld. PHOTO: BuSH HeRiTAGe.
either as a visitor or a volunteer, are listed below.
Guided tours Carnarvon Station Reserve, Qld. Friday equipment. Nearest town: Boulia,
We offer guided visits to some of 16–Monday 19. Join the Reserve 124 km. No. of places: 13. Cost: $750
our reserves, although places are Manager on a four-day tour of the key supporters/$850 non-supporters.
limited – so please book early to avoid features of this iconic reserve. Format:
disappointment. Guests are expected Accommodation in the reserve Please refer to our website,
to make their own way to the reserves. homestead and all meals provided. www.bushheritage.org.au/getting_
To ensure your donations are used 4WD convoy tour with short walks involved_visit for a full list of visitation
for conservation work rather than on through tracks or over rocky terrain. opportunities for 2010.
arranging guided tours, we charge an Requirements: A medium level of
amount based on cost recovery, which fitness. Strictly high-clearance 4WD Self-guided camping
enables us to maintain the visitor to reserve. Nearest town: Augathella, For those who are self-sufficient in their
program. Fees are listed below. Please 200 km. No. of places: 16. Cost: $450 own high-clearance 4WD, camping is
await confirmation of your booking supporters/$550 non-supporters. available at Carnarvon Station Reserve,
before making payments. upcoming trips May 2010: Charles Darwin Reserve, Qld and Charles Darwin Reserve, WA
include the following. WA. Friday 21–Monday 24. Visit the from start April to end September each
March 2010: Friendly Beaches Reserve, property which has been conserved year. Campers need to be totally self-
Tas. Saturday 13, 10am–4pm. Join our in the name of one of the world’s sufficient with their own camping, vehicle
Tasmanian Reserve Manager or ecologist most influential naturalists – Charles maintenance and safety equipment,
on a tour of one of our oldest properties, Darwin. Format: Accommodation in food and rations, due to the remoteness
located on the Freycinet Peninsula. the reserve homestead and all meals of the reserve. There will be limited
Format: 2WD access to meeting point provided. 4WD convoy tour with short contact with reserve staff. Bookings are
for morning tea and then 8–10 km of walks through tracks or over rocky essential. up to 8 people with maximum
beach and track walking. Requirements: terrain. Requirements: A medium 4 vehicles permitted per booking. Cost:
A medium level of fitness. BYO packed level of fitness. Strictly high-clearance $40 per vehicle for supporters/$100 per
lunch. Own transport to reserve. 4WD to reserve. Nearest town: Wubin, vehicle for non-supporters per week.
Nearest town: Coles Bay, 18 km. No. of 80 km. No. of places: 16. Cost: $500
places: 20. Cost: $30 supporters/$40 supporters/$600 non-supporters. Self-guided day trips
non-supporters. June 2010: Cravens Peak Reserve, You can visit some of our smaller and
April 2010: Reedy Creek Reserve, Qld. Qld. Wednesday 9–Sunday 13. Join less remote reserves on a self-guided
Saturday 10, 9.30am–12.30pm. Visit the Reserve Manager in exploring the day trip. Reserves include: Currumbin
the reserve and adjacent beach to hear reserve’s rippled sand dunes and gibber Valley Reserve, Qld; Liffey River Reserve,
about Bush Heritage’s involvement in plains. Format: Accommodation in the Tas; Chereninup Creek Reserve and
the community-based loggerhead and reserve homestead on the first and last Kojonup Reserve, WA.
green turtle breeding program. Format: nights, camping in between. Breakfasts Please note that bookings are
2WD access and wander through and dinners provided. 4WD convoy tour essential for all visits to our reserves.
reserve to beach. Requirements: A over high sand dunes with short walks For more information or to book
low level of fitness. Own transport to through tracks or over rocky terrain. your place on any of the tours listed
reserve. Nearest town: Agnes Water, Requirements: A medium level of above, please contact us on 1300
4 km. No. of places: 20. Cost: $10 fitness. Strictly high-clearance 4WD NATURE (1300 628 873) or email
supporters/$15 non-supporters. to reserve. BYO lunches and camping firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Where: Chingarrup partnership property, Where: nardoo Hills reserves, Vic
south-west WA Project: Volunteer working bee. Weed control
Who: 1–3 volunteer rangers. and maintenance of plantings.
Project: Support the ecological Outcomes When: Weekend, dates yet to be announced.
Monitoring program. A rare opportunity to be
Requirements: Moderate fitness for outdoor
involved in a mammal survey.
activities, bending, lifting, carrying and walking
When: 23–27 november. over uneven terrain.
Requirements: essential: happy to camp
on-site; enthusiasm and self-reliance in the JUNE
field; willing to start before dawn. Preferred:
experience in small animal trapping or bird Where: nardoo Hills reserves, Vic
surveying. Project: Volunteer working bee. Weed control
and maintenance of plantings.
DECEMBER When: Weekend, dates yet to be announced.
Where: eurardy Reserve, WA Requirements: Moderate fitness for outdoor
Who: 2 volunteer caretakers. activities, bending, lifting, carrying and walking
Project: Relieve staff; carry out basic over uneven terrain.
maintenance of reserve infrastructure and
handle communications and enquiries. A rare
opportunity to experience remote living in a place
of rugged beauty and high conservation value.
When: 2–4 weeks, dates to be confirmed.
Requirements: essential: previous Bush
Heritage volunteering or work experience (or a
Bush Heritage referee); current driver’s licence; Right, top to bottom: Stabbing wheel
tolerance of hot conditions; demonstrated ability cactus at the nardoo Hills reserves, Vic.
to follow safety guidelines and operate with PHOTO: David Baker-Gabb. Volunteers
limited supervision. Preferred: Senior First Aid; removing horehound at the nardoo Hills
4WD experience. reserves, Vic. PHOTO: Bush Heritage.
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