Reedy Creek Reserve, home to an intact patch of endangered Queensland coastal forest, has some very special neighbours.
One of them, the Loggerhead Turtle, is among the biggest marine turtles on earth, and regularly comes in from the Coral Sea to nest on nearby beaches that Bush Heritage manages. Another is the rare Grey Goshawk, which has been spotted within the reserve.
And then there are the most recent arrivals: people who've joined a nearby residential project that underpins our conservation work here.
Called [email protected], it's part of a 600-hectare coastal strip bought by Michael Myer in the 1990s.
A quarter of the land was kept for housing and shared areas of native vegetation, the rest was donated to Bush Heritage to protect as a nature reserve. Residents pay a levy that funds management work – a superb example of how humans can help our non-human neighbours.
What Reedy Creek protects
This reserve protects a very rare thing – intact Queensland coastal and riparian forest. Elsewhere it's been dramatically cleared for development. These significant species and communities are found on the reserve and adjacent foreshore that we help manage:
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Beach Stone-curlew, Grey Goshawk, Barking Owl, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Northern Brown Bandicoot, Little Red Flying Fox, Giant Burrowing Cockroach and marine turtles (Loggerhead Turtle, Flatback Turtle, Green Turtle).
Lobelia Nummularia, Broad-leaved Paperbark, Silver-leafed Paperbark, Swamp Mahogany, Ribbon Fan Palm, Pink Bloodwood, Moreton Bay Ash, Wallum Banksia.
Mixed vine forest (endangered), Melaleuca, Red Gum and Brushbox forest, Corymbia and eucalypt forests.