What we’re doing
The property's pastoral history didn't involve large scale clearing, which happened nearby so it was quick to return to essentially intact bush land. But through disturbance by stock and vehicles a number of significant weeds established. Having removed domestic cattle, we're now tackling Siam weed, Grader grass and Lantana.
Fire also plays an important role in regenerating tree and shrub species and stimulating fresh grass growth in the grassy woodlands.
Fire management is particularly important for the control of Siam and Lantana. Feral pigs, which damage sensitive wetlands, also need active management.
With help from local naturalists, volunteers and National Parks staff, our ecologists and reserve managers continue to do biological surveys and targeted surveys have been conducted for Rock-Wallabies and Quolls.
The Red Goshawk
One of Australia's most distinctive raptors is also one of the rarest. It's one of only three species thought to have been here as long as the marsupials and eucalypts – right back to Gondwana. It's the largest goshawk, the rarest (with perhaps with only 700 pairs left in the wild) and very elusive (with its vast home range, quiet nature and habit of changing its nesting area).
Listed as vulnerable to extinction, and endangered in Queensland, Red Goshawks have been spotted in the Queensland Blue Gums near the Herbert River.
Square-tailed Kites have also been recorded. Such sparsely distributed species need large habitat areas which Yourka provides.
Yourka Reserve includes traditional lands of both the Jirrbal and Warangnu people.