Buying land

Last updated: Wednesday 11 May, 2016

We own properties that have been bought, gifted or bequested to us.

Our priority landscapes, along with locations of our work.
Our priority landscapes, along with locations of our work.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we currently own and manage over 35 reserves throughout Australia, covering around a million hectares.

How we select reserves

Australia has no shortage of places in urgent need of conservation! To make the best use of funds our donors entrust to us we use a rigorous selection process.

We focus our activities in 'priority landscapes' that have conservation assets of national importance and where we can make a significant difference. Focusing on key areas also reduces logistical challenges and costs.

We aim to acquire land that:

  • will contribute to preserving biodiversity or threatened species
  • will contribute to maintaining a functional natural landscape
  • protects communities and species that are under-represented in other reserves
  • helps us meet our strategic conservation goals
  • is of the right size, shape and location to offer effective protection to plants and wildlife
  • is within our scientific and financial capabilities to manage in the long-term
  • is not likely to be subject to Indigenous land claims
  • can support viable populations of species and ecosystems for the long term.

White Stallion Lookout at Carnarvon Reserve in Queensland, looking west to Yandaburra. Photo Cathy Zwick.
White Stallion Lookout at Carnarvon Reserve in Queensland, looking west to Yandaburra. Photo Cathy Zwick.
In practice, we generally buy land that features remnant native vegetation, which offers habitat for threatened wildlife. We often buy land near existing reserves. 

What happens next?