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Beringa

Established:
2007 
Area:
1,142 ha
Location:
380km south-east of Perth
Traditional Owners:
Noongar – Minang
& Koreng people

The gentle nature of the long, deep pools at Beringa Reserve belie their importance to the surrounding landscape and beyond.

These salt water pools, part of the Peniup Creek and Hegarty Creek systems, provide exceptional habitat for local native species and are fringed with dense trees and shrubs – an uncommon sight in this part of Western Australia.

Beringa is also an important component of Gondwana Link, an ambitious project to restore a 1,000km swathe of bushland from Western Australia's southwest to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain.

Flat-topped Yate (eucalyptus occidentalis) and flowering wattle on bank of freshwater pool.

As part of this broader project, Beringa plays a critical role in protecting mallee heath, granite communities and moort woodlands. It also protects some of the most important intact riparian (creekside) vegetation in the region.

The small hollows that form in moort trees older than 30 years are used by tiny Pygmy Possums and Owlet Nightjars. Moort flowers are a source of nectar and pollen for a wide variety of honeyeaters.

Beringa is also part of a program to sustain populations of the significant Tammar and Black-gloved Wallabies.

All this is protected thanks to our generous supporters.

A Sun Orchid at Beringa Reserve. Photo Keith Smith.

What Beringa Reserve protects

Animals: Tammar Wallaby, Black-gloved Wallaby, Western Whipbird, Crested Bellbird, Malleefowl, Carnaby's Cockatoo.

Plants: Christmas tree, Cauliflower hakea, Chittick, Brown Mallet, Moort, Ongerup Orchid.

Vegetation communities: Flat-topped yate woodland, Moort woodland, Mallet woodland, Sheoak woodland, Mallee heath.

What we're doing

Feral animals such as foxes and cats are blamed for the loss of a number of native mammal species from this area and have left others, such as the Tammar and Black-gloved Wallabies, in a precarious position.

By reducing feral predator numbers, via an integrated control program, we hope to vastly improve the chances of survival for our native fauna.

We're also restoring native bushland, and working towards reducing the impact of destructive wildfire.

Dwarf Bearded Dragon on Beringa. Photo Chinch Gryniewicz.

Wallabies of Gondwana Link

The Tammar Wallaby was once so common in this part of Western Australia that it was a reliable food source for the Noongar people. Europeans also ate the wallaby, with reports from early last century of up to 40 animals shot in one night.

Today though, habitat loss and feral predators have drastically reduced Tammar and Black-gloved Wallaby numbers.

We aim to support populations of both species by removing foxes and making more habitat available. This will help wallabies to once again be a common element in the ecosystem.

Black-gloved Wallaby (or Western Brush Wallaby). Photo Annie & Ian Mayo.