I recently had the opportunity to volunteer at Bon Bon Station Reserve in South Australia. Bon Bon is a former sheep station of some 216,000 ha acquired by Bush Heritage in 2008. It meant spending the last month of summer in the middle of Australia and on my first day the temperature reached 48°C.
Two days later the rains came and I was able to witness the landscape change to a brilliant green and see the Mulga trees beginning to flower. This property has such a diverse landscape from grasslands to Mulga and Western Myall trees to salt lakes and buckshot plains.
My role was to help reserve manager Clint with lots of handyman repairs around the homestead and reserve cottages, construction of a wash down slab, surveying for check banks to stop soil erosion, fox baiting, checking monitoring cameras, sand pad monitoring and setting up water tanks and plumbing in inlets and outlets, mail runs and checking bore pumps.
While doing the sand pad monitoring, which involved doing a 78 km circuit every day for 5 days, I was able to learn about the flora and fauna as well as the history of Bon Bon from Clint who is very passionate about this landscape.
Thanks to Bush Heritage for the chance to do my bit in helping to conserve this great property. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.