What we're doing
Keeping the weed tiger pear cactus at bay is a pretty important job at Brogo. A rapidly spreading relative of the infamous 'prickly pear', the plant is regarded as the most troublesome of all invasive cactus species in NSW.
Great care has to be taken when in its presence to avoid the spreading stems, which readily detach from the main body and stick to shoes, clothing, skin and fur.
The main infestation of this cactus has been removed, and we now focus on removing new plants that pop up or grow from seeds brought in by kangaroos.
We also spend time working with Brogo's neighbours, giving them a helping hand in developing voluntary conservation agreements for their nearby patches of bush.
Flying through the rainforest
Grey-headed Flying-foxes have a deep affinity with many ecosystems along Australia's east coast, including the rainforest and eucalypt forests found at Brogo.
The largest bat species in Australia, these gentle giants are critically important for seed dispersal and pollination for a wide range of native trees, and contribute directly to the regeneration and evolutionary processes of many forest ecosystems.
They can cover extraordinary distances in the search for food, and in one case in Australia two individuals were recorded travelling more than 2,000km over a 9-month period.
At Brogo they often stop over to feed on fruiting figs, and the older eucalypts produce enough nectar and pollen to act as important food sources.
By protecting this property we're contributing in a small but positive way to the survival of this nationally threatened species.