Naree Station is a former pastoral property found in one of the least disturbed parts of the Murray-Darling Basin in north-western NSW. It lies in the Mulga Lands bioregion, 150km north-west of Bourke, on the Cuttaburra Channels that connect the Paroo and Warrego rivers. Its southern boundary is the Cuttaburra Creek, and Yantabulla Swamp adjoins the property to the west.
These wetlands are special. They sit in a flood zone where rainfall is very erratic, which means they're often dry for long periods. The land's ecology reflects the boom and bust cycles of wet and dry that are typical of the rangelands of inland Australia.
Average yearly rainfall is only 300mm, but highly variable. Floods are unpredictable but when they arrive Back Creek Swamp on Naree becomes a key water bird breeding site.
Local rainfall and runoff also support a wide variety of wetland types, which provide habitat for many different species.
Water bird populations have been surveyed on Naree and surrounding areas for a number of years by Professor Richard Kingsford. Our own baseline survey efforts have documented over 170 species of birds, and a comparable number of plant species since 2013, several of them vulnerable or endangered under NSW legislation.
We've also recorded 15 mammal species so far, including the vulnerable (in NSW) striped-faced dunnart, sandy inland mouse and little pied bat. This inventory will increase as we learn more about the property - thanks to the generosity of our supporters.