Bush Heritage buys or acquires land of high conservation value to protect Australia's unique biodiversity.
We partner with others throughout the nation to help build conservation programs on a landscape-scale.
We buy back the bush and care for it
Bush Heritage Australia buys or acquires land of high conservation and manages and protects that land in perpetuity. Our aim is to protect the remarkable diversity of life in Australia. We also work with others to support their work of protecting their land and encouraging native plants and animals.
We currently own and manage 35 reserves throughout Australia covering 960 000 hectares. Together, these reserves safeguard more than 242 vegetation communities, including at least 83 that are listed as of high conservation value. Over 2 700 plant species, including at least 310 of conservation significance, and at least 700 bird and animal species, including 197 that are known to be threatened, are now protected on the reserves. Our scientists and ecologists are rigorous in selecting, monitoring and managing these reserves over time.
We work with others
Once properties are purchased, Bush Heritage collaborates constructively with the owners of neighbouring properties to manage fires, pest animals and weeds. We also work with pastoralists, governments, scientific institutions, indigenous groups, and other conservation organisations to encourage regional conservation outcomes.
We help to rebuild landscapes
Bush Heritage plays a leadership role in visionary projects to reconnect fragmented landscapes and restore them to health. We collaborate with individuals, community groups and organisations on projects like Gondwana Link in Western Australia and Kosciuszko to Coast in New South Wales. The imperative is to rebuild habitats across large swathes of country which will allow wildlife to move and adapt to climate change.
We use science to guide us
Bush Heritage is involved in cutting-edge science. This is helping us to understand the ecology of the land and how species use, and move through, habitats on our reserves. One particular project is determining how much carbon is being stored in woodlands in south-west Western Australia.
We work closely with universities, other research organisations and individuals to learn about our reserves. This enables us to establish management practices on our properties that maximise their value for biodiversity.
We work principally in our five 'Anchor' regions:
These regions have been selected on the basis of national biodiversity priorities, the location of our existing reserves and where we wish to establish strategic partnerships. The anchor regions are:
- Gulf to the Channel Country (and Lake Eyre): ranges from the arid centre of Australia through to the tropical savannas of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. Our activities will be focused in three regions: the Gulf to the Mitchell Grass plains, the Mitchell Grass plains to the Desert Channels and the Desert Channels to Lake Eyre
- Queensland Uplands and Brigalow Belt: ranges from the central Queensland uplands in the Carnarvon Ranges and surrounding districts north to the Einasleigh Uplands on the southern end of Cape York. In the north the key focus will be on the east-west gradient in the Einasleigh Uplands, and in the south on the region around the Carnarvon Ranges.
- Grassy Box Woodlands (South-east Lowland Grassy Ecosystems): ranges in an arc from the Victorian/South Australian border through the grassy box-woodland communities and north along the west of the Great Dividing Range into central New South Wales. Our activities will focus on specific ‘nodes’ of activity, consolidating habitats and working with networks of land owners.
- Tasmanian Midlands: the grasslands of central Tasmania contained by the Western and Eastern Tiers.
- South West Botanical Province: an area in the south-west of Western Australia from Shark Bay in the north-west to Esperance in the south-east. The key areas of activity will be in the south as part of the Gondwana Link project, and in the north along the northern York-gum communities.
Property acquisitions within these regions will secure key ecological assets, and provide 'anchors' from which to build programs with others to broaden conservation activities into the wider landscape. Once properties are acquired, we will actively and consciously build our capacity, and that of others, to extend conservation management of land beyond the boundaries or our reserves.
Page Last Updated: Tuesday 30 September 2008