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Brogo Reserve. Photo Joshua Wellington
Brogo Reserve. Photo Joshua Wellington

Brogo

Established:

1995

Area:

120 ha

Location:

20km north of Bega

Traditional Custodians:

Yuin djiringanj people

In the valley of the Brogo River, this reserve is one of the largest areas of intact native bushland left in the region, and conserves several forest ecosystems that are poorly protected in NSW.

These forests are irresistible for many native birds. Since buying the property in 1995 we've recorded over 70 species, including the Sacred Kingfisher, Wonga Pigeon, Superb Lyrebird, Black-faced Monarch, Pilotbird and the small but beautiful Scarlet Honeyeater.

One of the drawcards for birds, particularly those that eat fruit, is the dry rainforest, often dominated by low, rock-hugging native fig trees.

Sacred Kingfisher. Photo Joshua Wellington.

Another drawcard is the riverine forest and scrub down near the Brogo River – a sprawling community of River Sheoaks, Gossamer Wattle, Tree Violet and Basket Grass.

A rare forest community on the reserve is the Brogo wet vine forest – only found in the Bega and Cobargo valleys.

Bigger birds love Brogo too, including Sooty and Powerful owls supported by the larger hollow-bearing trees and abundant prey that can still be found on the property.

All this is protected thanks to our generous supporters.

Rock fig at Brogo Reserve. Photo Joshua Wellington

What Brogo Reserve protects

More than 90% of Australia's dry rainforests have been destroyed. Brogo protects patches of the most southerly extent of what remains in NSW.

The higher slopes and gully heads of the reserve are forested with Wet Vine Forest dominated by Forest Red Gum along with Coast Grey Box and Blue Box. Vines and twiners are common. The understorey is open and shrubby and there's a species-rich ground cover of herbs and grasses.

Pockets of Dry Rainforest around rocky outcrops are dominated by Port Jackson Figs along with Kurrajong and Native Quince.

Two patches of Warm Temperate Rainforest occur on lower slopes. Here Lillypilly and Sassafras, Tree Violet, Yellow Wood and many ferns are present.

Animals in the forests include Sooty and Powerful Owls, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Grey-headed Flying-fox, the Eastern Yellow Robin, Dusky Woodswallow, Varied Sittella and the Long-nosed Bandicoot.

What we're doing

Keeping the weed Tiger Pear Cactus at bay is an important job. 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 in its presence to avoid the spreading stems, which easily detach from the main body and stick to shoes, clothing, skin and fur.

With help from neighbours and other local volunteers 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.

Tiger Pear is a challenge at Brogo. Photo Peter Saunders.

We also spend time working with Brogo's neighbours, giving them a helping hand in developing voluntary conservation agreements for their properties.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo at Brogo. Photo Joshua Wellington.

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. 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.

Species at Brogo

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Stories from Brogo

Ferns and rock orchids

19/07/2023 19/07/2023

First time on Brogo

Brogo Reserve is on Yuin Country – so every visit is an opportunity to get to know the lands and waters that my Ancestors knew like the backs of their hands. I'm based in Sydney - it's hard for me to live so far away from Yuin Country. This is something that Aboriginal people feel deep in their spirit and blood, like something tugging you back in that direction, back where you belong.

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Rock Orchids and ferns. Photo by Michael Blyde

BUSHTRACKS 14/01/2022

A closer look at Brogo

Two years on from the Black Summer, bushfire recovery funding is allowing us to survey for threatened species on Brogo Reserve for the first time.

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BLOG 08/12/2021

Uncovering Brogo's secrets

Almost three years on from the Black Summer, bushfire recovery funding is allowing us to survey Brogo Reserve's threatened species for the first time.

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BLOG 31/01/2020

Bushfires update

As we enter a new month, I would like to take a moment to update you on recent developments towards our post-bushfire recovery. The devastation wrought has been confronting. My heart remains with those affected, those still fighting fires and those on the ground beginning the long process of recovery.

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BUSHTRACKS 20/03/2015

The volunteers next door

Twenty years ago, when Bush Heritage supporters helped to purchase and protect beautiful Brogo Reserve, little did we know that two very firm friends of the organisation – and future volunteers – lived just next door.

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