The efforts of all Bush Heritage volunteers are imprinted on the landscape. That’s where they make a difference and we thank them for it.
While the unique contributions of all our volunteers are too many to list, here’s what several Bush Heritage staff have to say about them.
Science and Research Manager
I’d like to personally thank the team of hardy volunteers that contributed over 100 volunteer-days to our bio-blitz at Naree Station, in northern New South Wales. These volunteers were pivotal in collecting baseline information on Naree’s species and establishing sites for our long-term monitoring program. Volunteers also kept the crew of over 30 fed and satisfied – a massive undertaking in itself. These incredible volunteers were critical to the success of the blitz and the establishment phase of Naree Station.
Conservation Systems Specialist
There are some jobs in this world that you know have been done well when you hadn’t even noticed they were happening. We're privileged to have a band of dedicated volunteers maintaining our properties database in this way at Bush Heritage. The database is an essential system that stores up-to-date ecological information about each of our reserves. This critical information allows us to measure the difference we're making to the Australian bush and its creatures, and to adapt our management accordingly. My thanks go to these special and dedicated people.
Ecologist, Gondwana Link and Kojonup, WA
The support of the many volunteers on Bush Heritage’s Gondwana Link and Kojonup properties in the south-west of Western Australia has been absolutely vital to achieving conservation outcomes in this area. Together we've surveyed bird activity, captured threatened red-tailed phascogales, measured the progress of revegetation, and assessed water quality in creek pools. Volunteers have discovered two new populations of rare plants and have walked kilometres searching for Indigenous cultural sites. We're so thankful to these volunteers for this mighty effort.
Jeroen van Veen
Regional Reserve Manager, Vic.
Volunteers have supported critical weed control work at Nardoo Hills Reserve in central Victoria for many years. This has been a major, collective success. Nardoo’s endangered orchids and declining woodland birds now have a better future thanks to our volunteers who've reduced the threat previously posed by invasive weeds. Impenetrable stands of wheel cactus are now but patches of seedlings, and hilltops previously infested with Paterson’s curse are now covered in native grasses. This great result has been achieved years ahead of schedule. My sincere thanks go to all volunteers involved for their fantastic contribution.
Healthy Landscape Manager, SA
I’d like to thank the dedicated volunteers who've been critical in helping us manage feral rabbits at Boolcoomatta Reserve. Together we've removed approximately 7,000 active rabbit warrens, giving native species like the dusky hopping mouse and purplewood wattle a better chance at Boolcoomatta. Tireless effort has also been made to ensure rabbits don’t return to these warrens. This has been an important and shared success. Thank you!
Healthy Landscape Manager, South-east NSW
Conservation requires a team effort. At our Scottsdale Reserve in the south-east of New South Wales volunteers dedicated to feral animal control, such as patrolling rabbit warrens, support the plant propagation work of other volunteer teams. Collective efforts have led to the planting of extensive areas of native grasses, shrubs and trees in conditions where they'll be much safer from feral rabbits. This has made a visible difference to the reserve already and we trust it will greatly enhance the quality of habitat for native species on the reserve in future. Thank you from all of us here.”