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Eurardy Reserve

Where the wildflowers grow
Wildflowers on Eurardy Reserve.Wildflowers amongst the woodlands protected on Eurardy Reserve. Photo by Katrina Blake.

When Bush Heritage bought Eurardy Reserve in 2005, it had an immediate impact on Western Australian conservation.

Overnight, the amount of jam and york gum woodlands protected in the Geraldton Sandplain bioregion jumped from less than 1 per cent to 22 per cent.

The decision to buy Eurardy had many other benefits, not the least of which was cementing the protection of part of the Southwest Botanical Province.

One of only 34 biodiversity hotspots recognised globally, the province makes up just 0.23 per cent of the Earth's land surface and yet supports 12.6 per cent of its rare and threatened flora.

In fact, the diversity of plant species found in this region outranks that of Australia's tropical rainforests, and its annual wildflower displays attract people from all over the world.

Eurardy Reserve itself, tucked into the northern edge of this biodiversity hotspot, protects over 500 plant species, including at least five nationally endangered or vulnerable plant species, and forms a critical habitat link between Kalbarri National Park and Toolonga Nature Reserve to the north.

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

What this reserve protects

Short-petalled beyeria.Short-petalled beyeria. Photo: Marie Lochman/ Lochman Transparencies.

Hairy-footed dunnart.Hairy-footed dunnart. Photo: Leanne Hales.

Kalbarri spider orchidKalbarri spider orchid. Photo: Jiri Lochman/ Lochman Transparencies.

Land clearing and the insidious spread of salinity have devastated much of this region, making the remaining bushland on Eurardy Reserve exceptionally important for species such as the nationally vulnerable malleefowl. The reserve is also home to the endangered small-petalled beyeria, a plant presumed extinct until rediscovered in 2005.

These significant species and communities are also found on the reserve.

Animals

  • Red-tailed black cockatoo
  • Spinifex hopping-mouse
  • Hairy-footed dunnart
  • Major Mitchell cockatoo
  • Ash-grey mouse

Plants

  • Northern dwarf spider-orchid
  • Feather-flowers
  • Kalbarri spider-orchid
  • Beard's mallee
  • Wreath flower

Vegetation communities

  • York gum woodland
  • Scrub-heath
  • Shrublands of acacia, casuarina, Eucalyptus eudesmoides (mallalie), Ashby's banksia and other species
  • Sceptre banksia and sandplain cypress woodland
  • Acacia rostellifera (summer-scented wattle) thicket

What we’re doing on the property

Reserve Manager Matt Warnock works to rehabilitate the Bungabandi Creek area.Former reserve manager Matt Warnock works to rehabilitate the Bungabandi Creek area. Photo by Elizabeth Lescheid.

Eurardy has benefited enormously from the generous support of volunteers.

Volunteers joined forces with former Reserve Managers Matt Warnock and Elizabeth Lescheid to survey malleefowl activity, making a very useful contribution to what we know about this nationally vulnerable species on Eurardy.

It was a red letter day when an active malleefowl mound was found recently. But even better news was to follow, when Elizabeth found some broken eggshell and downy feathers on the active mound's edge, indicating a successful hatching.

And the Bungabandi Creek Restoration project has also benefited from the idea that many hands make light work. With volunteer help, the Reserve Managers have laid brush in key sections of the disturbed creekbed.

This, together with closing a track through the creek, will slow water erosion and re-establish a more natural flow pattern, improving the health of this important ecosystem.

Matt and Elizabeth have also been having great success with rabbit control. Rabbit numbers are now so low that there's been some very encouraging natural regeneration. In addition to rabbits, foxes and feral goats are also being humanely controlled at Eurardy.

Feather-flowers (verticordia).

Feather-flower (verticordia). Photo: Elizabeth Lescheid.



Grevillea

Grevillea. Photo by Matt Appleby.

Blooming marvellous

When the big reds and yellows of Eurardy Reserve come out to play, they not only draw wildflower fans from across the world, but also an abundance of local birds and insects.

The big reds are feather-flowers, claw-flowers and grevilleas, and when in bloom they cast flushes of palest coral, rosy red and vivid scarlet across the landscape.

The big yellows are acacias and ground-hugging everlastings, which stand in gorgeous contrast to the blue sky above.

And that's just the beginning – with flowers in pinks, purples, blues and whites all adding to the heady mix. No wonder then that Eurardy is one of the most outstanding wildflower destinations along Western Australia's Batavia Coast.

In 2003 the Wildflower Society of Western Australia began surveying this extraordinarily rich flora, and identified 481 native plant species, many of which have been pressed and mounted in a field herbarium at the reserve.

The herbarium is constantly being updated as new species are found, and has become an invaluable resource for Bush Heritage land managers and ecologists.

Cultural values

Eurardy Reserve and the area surrounding it is the traditional country of the Nanda people.

This area is of strong cultural significance, particularly Bungabandi Creek, where camping areas and artefacts have been identified.

Page Last Updated: Thursday 5 May 2011

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Quick facts

Established  2005
Area 30 050 ha
Location 145 km N of Geraldton

Reserve scorecard

Scorecard

The reserve scorecard is a summary of the reserve's condition based on an ecological review conducted every 5 years.

News

Volunteers track malleefowl at Eurardy Reserve

Visiting

Where we can, we offer opportunities for you to visit the places you've helped protect. We offer visits when conservation and safety considerations permit.

Unfortunately, this reserve is not open to self guided visits.

For information about visiting other Bush Heritage properties see the visiting our reserves page.  

Thanks

Thank you to all our supporters, whose donations fund the day-to-day costs of managing Eurardy Reserve.

Generous support for the acquisition of this property was provided by The Nature Conservancy.