Brogo

Last updated: Friday 27 May, 2016

A map showing the location of Brogo Reserve in NSW.Established: 1995
Area: 120 hectares
Location: 20km north of Bega (NSW)
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In the valley of the Brogo River, this reserve is one of the largest areas of intact native bushland left in the region, and conserves several forest ecosystems that are poorly protected in NSW.

Old-growth forest red gum at Brogo Valley Reserve. Photo: Wayne Lawler/Ecopix.
Old-growth forest red gum at Brogo Valley Reserve. Photo: Wayne Lawler/Ecopix.
These forests are irresistible for many native birds. Since buying the property in 1995 we've recorded over 70 species, including the Wonga Pigeon, Superb Lyrebird, Black-faced Flycatcher, Jacky Winter, and the small but beautiful Scarlet Honeyeater.

One of the drawcards for birds, particularly those that eat fruit, is the dry rainforest, often dominated by low, rock-hugging native fig trees.

Another drawcard is the riverine forest and scrub down near the Brogo River – a sprawling community of river sheoaks, gossamer wattle, tree violet and basket grass.

Forest mist in the early light at Brogo Valley Reserve. Photo Bob Brown.
Forest mist in the early light at Brogo Valley Reserve. Photo Bob Brown.
A rare forest community on the reserve is the Brogo wet vine forest – only found in the Bega and Cobargo valleys. 

Bigger birds love Brogo too, including Sooty, Powerful and Boobook owls, no doubt attracted to the larger hollow-bearing trees and abundant prey that can still be found on the property.

All this has been protected thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

What we're doing

Tiger Pear is a challenge at Brogo. Photo Peter Saunders.
Tiger Pear is a challenge at Brogo. Photo Peter Saunders.
Keeping the weed tiger pear cactus at bay is a pretty important job at Brogo. A rapidly spreading relative of the infamous 'prickly pear', the plant is regarded as the most troublesome of all invasive cactus species in NSW.

Great care has to be taken when in its presence to avoid the spreading stems, which readily detach from the main body and stick to shoes, clothing, skin and fur.

Dawn fog in the Brogo River valley. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Dawn fog in the Brogo River valley. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
The main infestation of this cactus has been removed, and we now focus on removing new plants that pop up or grow from seeds brought in by kangaroos.

We also spend time working with Brogo's neighbours, giving them a helping hand in developing voluntary conservation agreements for their nearby patches of bush.

Flying through the rainforest

Grey-headed flying-foxes have a deep affinity with many ecosystems along Australia's east coast, including the rainforest and eucalypt forests found at Brogo.

The largest bat species in Australia, these gentle giants are critically important for seed dispersal and pollination for a wide range of native trees, and contribute directly to the regeneration and evolutionary processes of many forest ecosystems.

Sunlight shines through a rock fig at Brogo Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Sunlight shines through a rock fig at Brogo Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
They can cover extraordinary distances in the search for food, and in one case in Australia two individuals were recorded travelling more than 2000 km over a 9-month period.

At Brogo they often stop over to feed on fruiting figs, and the older eucalypts produce enough nectar and pollen to act as important food sources for visiting grey-headed flying-foxes.

By protecting this property we are contributing in a small but positive way to the survival of this nationally threatened species.

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