Our wildflower haven, Eurardy, soon to be protected

Monday 20 June, 2005

Once again your outstanding generosity will save a special part of Australia.

Diverse shrubland with blue Dampiera and yellow Glischrocaryon. Photo Margaret Quicke.

Diverse shrubland with blue Dampiera and yellow Glischrocaryon. Photo Margaret Quicke.

The transfer of Eurardy Station to Bush Heritage should be approved by the time this reaches you. This 30 000-hectare property, featured in the previous newsletter (Bush Heritage News, Autumn 2005), is in Australia’s Global Biodiversity Hotspot in south-west Western Australia and will be our 20th reserve.

In enabling us to purchase Eurardy you've helped to protect some of Australia’s most spectacular wildflower displays and over 600 plant species, including endangered, vulnerable and priority species.

A map indicating the location of Eurardy Reserve.

A map indicating the location of Eurardy Reserve.

You've also helped to build a corridor of reserved land in the region, which includes the Kalbarri National Park to the south-west and the Toolonga Nature Reserve to the north-east. Only an area of unallotted crown land remains unprotected across this extensive area.

Our knowledge of Eurardy’s importance for plants is largely the result of the survey work undertaken by the Wildflower Society of Western Australia for the West Australian Herbarium.

We're grateful to the society and its members for their efforts and for providing us with a copy of their survey results and a digital photographic record of many of the plants. These will be invaluable resources for our future management of the reserve.

With more than half of the property still to be explored and no formal wildlife surveys yet undertaken, we anticipate that there will be many more exciting discoveries to share with you.

Thank you for your contribution. Without your support, the protection of this stunning natural ‘garden’ would not have been possible.

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