Charles Darwin Reserve Open Day and Blues for the Bush - Update

Published 22 Aug 2013 

I thought you might be interested to learn some more about the Charles Darwin Reserve Open Day and Blues for the Bush concert to be held on Saturday October 5 by visiting our newly-minted website at

The Open Day provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the friendly folk and warm country hospitality of the vibrant community that lives and works in and around  Perenjori.

It is one of those all-too-rare occasions when city and country folk can meet, mingle and, perhaps even dance together under the stars when the Blues for the Bush concert begins. Details of the programs for both events, booking arrangements and just about everything else you might need to know are on the website. It is being continuously updated so visit it regularly to see what’s new but if you need more information just drop us a note at

If you are a social media user, please follow our tweets on twitter or like our facebook page so we can keep in contact and share the excitement in the lead up to this event.

This project is being funded by partnerships with Local Government, Local Businesses and Art and Community Grants - see website for a full list of Sponsors.

Furthermore below are some of the reasons why our team believe  nature conservation and Bush  Heritage Australia will derive great benefit from these types of events:

…we will not fight to save what we do not love.

This pithy observation sprang to mind the other day when someone asked why a not-for-profit conservation organisation like Bush Heritage was co-sponsoring a community open day and Blues for the Bush concert. Written by the renowned American palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould it bears repeating in full, “We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well – for we will not fight to save what we do not love.”

This, in a nutshell, is why Bush Heritage is undertaking such an ambitious community engagement exercise at the Charles Darwin Reserve on 5 October. We recognise that in our efforts to promote conservation we must engage hearts as well as minds. Our biggest challenge is not merely to tell our story – no matter how compelling it may be – but, more critically, to get audiences to listen – and to care.

This is an issue that has be bedevilled conservationists for many years.  E.O. Wilson, as he so often does, pointed the way when he wrote that in raising concern for the environment “…science is not enough. Money, for all its power, is not enough. Culture – literature, drama, music, painting, filmmaking, the humble activity of learning itself – may be the way to engage the heart.”

The evidence from successful conservation projects around the globe suggests that helping people to connect more meaningfully with nature is a necessary prerequisite to achieving successful conservation outcomes. Given conservation activities typically require an indefinite, long-term commitment of land and resources they need sustained community support over long ecological time horizons. All of which suggests we may be using the blues to engage hearts at the Charles Darwin Reserve for many years to come.