Reserve scorecards

Last updated: Wednesday 25 May, 2016

These summarise a reserve's condition based on an ecological review conducted every 5 years. Here are the results we've produced so far. 

Carnarvon Station Reserve

Nov 2013
Map of Carnarvon Station Reserve

The condition of the lowland grasslands, grassy woodlands and springs, have improved or remained stable since purchase. The impacts of livestock, cultivation and clearing has been removed and feral grazing reduced. Mosaic burning is reducing bushfire risk. Many brigalow patches burnt in 2013 have declined in condition (at least temporarily) and are susceptible to buffel grass infestation. Weeds continue to pose a threat, especially after recent wet years.

Portable Document FileCarnarvon scorecard (207kb)

Edgbaston Reserve

March 2014

Map of Edgbaston Reserve

The first five years have focused on preventing the extinction of the red-finned blue-eye. To date we've successfully increased the number of occupied springs from four to six through relocation trials and eradication of invasive mosquito fish. We'll need to continue this work, as well as begin captive breeding, to ensure their survival. The endemic plants, Eriocaulon aloefolium and E. giganteum are both persisting. Total ground cover and cover of perennial grasses has generally increased with added rainfall, removal of livestock and pig control. However, has also seen an increase in buffel grass - an ongoing management challenge.

Portable Document FileEdgbaston Reserve scorecard (252kb)

Eurardy Reserve

August 2011

Map of Eurardy Reserve

Overall there's been considerable improvement in the condition and viability of ecosystems and the communities and species they support, especially the birds. The first phase of management has successfully addressed several key threats to biodiversity. However, recovery of ecosystems from historical land use is likely to be a slow process given the reserve's location on the northern most edge of the wheat belt.

Portable Document FileEurardy Reserve scorecard (142kb)

Fitz-Stirling Reserves

2012

Map of the Fitz-stirling Reserves

This report covers four reserves in the Fitz-Stirling region: Monjebup, Beringa, Cherininup Creek and Yarrabee Wesfarmers. Monitoring has established baseline data and the next 5-year review will give a better indication of trends due to the time lag between restoration and measurable outcomes. Improvements in ecological processes have occurred mainly through ending farming activities and restoration of native vegetation. Further improvements are expected with feral predator and herbivore control.

Portable Document FileFitz-Stirling Reserves scorecard (620kb)

Kojonup Reserve

Sep 2014

Map of the Fitz-stirling Reserves

We've maintened or improvement condition of Conservation Targets through putting an end to farming, establishing deep-rooted vegetation in adjacent paddocks, and implementing ongoing weed, fox and rabbit control. A translocated population of red-tailed phascogales has been established. A decrease in annual rainfall since acquisition has lowered water tables. Monitoring of rare flora and wetlands will require increased resources.

Portable Document FileKojonup Reserve scorecard (445kb)

Scottsdale Reserve

May 2012

Map of Scottsdale Reserve

Overall there has been a consistent trend of improvement in the condition and viability of the ecosystems, communities and species that they support, particularly exemplified by the birds. An exception is the weed-covered banks and sediment-clogged channel of the Murrumbidgee River. These latter threats Bush Heritage has minimal or no control over. Initial threat reduction and value improvement is very encouraging and more ambitious revegetation projects in the future will help address ongoing issues of weed and erosion control.

Portable Document FileScottsdale Reserve scorecard (95kb)

Yourka  Reserve

May 2012

Map of Yourka Reserve

Repair or establishment of tracks, boundary fences, workshop and visitor accommodation has been a focus. Siam weed control and monitoring requires ongoing investment. Fire management aims to modify vegetation structure in the dry forests and woodlands to benefit small birds and other fauna. Re-routing tracks and bank stabilisation has improved billabongs. Management and monitoring of the interaction between fire, Siam weed, grader grass, vegetation structure and woodland birds requires further scrutiny.

Portable Document FileYourka Reserve scorecard (228kb)

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