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Bushtracks Spring 2023

Published 27 Oct 2023
 Spring 2023 Bushtracks

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The field is busy at this time of year, and we’ve been getting stuck in to prepare for the even hotter days ahead.

Optimal conditions allowed us to plant the first seeds of a 600-hectare restoration project at Ediegarrup Reserve in Western Australia, Koreng Noongar Country. This marks the beginning of a project with Greening Australia that is estimated to sequester approximately 85,000 tonnes of carbon over its lifetime.

With the shift from wetter La Niña conditions to El Niño, we are now experiencing the warmer, drier side of this cyclical weather pattern. We anticipated this change, and 12 months ago began the planning and work to prepare the lands we help protect.

We implemented an intensive fire-preparedness plan to mitigate the impacts of destructive bushfires that are typically more intense after La Niña years.

This has included staff training, equipment resourcing, creating fire breaks and carrying out both planned and cultural burns. In ‘Land, bird, smoke and man’, you will read about our Fire team’s work burning the spinifex-dotted sand dunes of Pilungah and Ethabuka on Wangkamadla Country, in preparation for bushfire season.

The protection of spinifex habitat is a common theme in this Bushtracks, as we return to the story of the Night Parrot at Pullen Pullen Reserve, Maiawali Country. Here, we are growing and sharing knowledge with Maiawali custodians and other Indigenous ranger groups to ensure the Night Parrot’s survival.

This precious parrot set the wheels in motion for the Queensland Government to grant Pullen Pullen Special Wildlife Reserve status – the first of its kind and the highest form of statutory protection for private land in the country. 

A case for nature’ takes you to Carnarvon Station Reserve, Bidjara Country, where vine thicket ecosystems and a few slimy species are helping the reserve’s journey toward Special Wildlife Reserve status.

Across the organisation, we are embracing the transitional character of spring. Thank you for your support, trust and generosity that allows us to move with the seasons and continue protecting our irreplaceable bush.


Rob Murphy, Conservation Operations & Co-interim Chief Executive Officer

Rob Murphy
Executive Manager
Conservation Operations & Co-interim Chief Executive Officer

Stories from Bushtracks Spring 2023

Prescribed burn at Pilunga Reserve, Wangkamadla Country. By Bee Stephens

BUSHTRACKS 27/10/2023

Land, bird, smoke and man

Prescribed burns on Pilungah and Ethabuka reserves, Wangkamadla Country, prepare the landscape for bushfire season and enhance biodiversity.

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Let the planting begin! Koreng Noongar Country, Western Australia. By Adrian Gaspari, Green Man Media

BUSHTRACKS 27/10/2023

Restoration and carbon capture

The first seeds of a world-class restoration project are planted and set the bar for future carbon projects.

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Sandstone escarpment at Carnarvon Reserve. By Terry Cooke

BUSHTRACKS 27/10/2023

A case for nature

In 2020, Queensland’s first Special Wildlife Reserve was declared at our Pullen Pullen Reserve on Maiawali Country to recognise the significance of the reserve’s Night Parrot population. Now, we're on a mission to achieve the status for five of our other Queensland reserves, granting the highest level of protection for privately owned property in Australia.

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Maiawali Custodians, other Indigenous rangers and groups walking through Night Parrot habitat. By Lachlan Gardiner

BUSHTRACKS 27/10/2023

The next chapter for the Night Parrot

The sharing of Night Parrot knowledge at Pullen Pullen Reserve, Maiawali Country, bolsters the species’ protection.

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BUSHTRACKS 27/10/2023

Davydd Shaw's happy place

"In the bush, magic comes to you when you slow down and be very quiet, listening to the breeze’s gentle whoosh through the casuarina, observing a curious fairy-wren, or the cheeky laughter that stirs when catching an unperturbed wombat waddle."

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Tangled Burr Daisy on Pilunga Reserve, Wangkamadla Country. By Bee Stephens

BUSHTRACKS 27/10/2023

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to support our conservation projects this Spring.

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