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Chereninup Creek

897 ha
430km SE of Perth
Traditional Owners:
Koreng Noongar people

When we first explored the possibility of adding Chereninup to our list of conservation reserves, we couldn't have asked for better prospects. It's located in a global biodiversity hotspot that's recognised as one of the most biologically valuable regions in the world.

It was also seen as critical to the success of Gondwana Link, the largest environmental restoration project ever tackled in Australia.

The decision to buy Chereninup is now paying off and it's part of a vital habitat link between the Fitzgerald River and Stirling Ranges National Parks.

Malaleuca diosmifolia flowers. Photo Barbara Madden.

One way to measure our on-ground success is through plant and animal surveys, and results from Chereninup are coming through in spades.

We now know that Honey Possums, found only in the heathlands of southwest WA, are using recently restored habitat on the reserve, and that both Black-Gloved and Tammar Wallabies also call Chereninup home.

York Gum, which has been almost eliminated from the Western Australian wheat belt, is protected here.

All this is protected thanks to our generous supporters.

Proteaceous Sand Heath in sunset light. Photo Chinch Gryniewicz.

What Chereninup Creek protects

Animals: Honey Possum, Malleefowl, Carnaby's Cockatoo, Tammar Wallaby, Western Whipbird.

Plants: Dwarf Spider Orchid, Moort, Feather Flowers, Nodding Banksia, Sandalwood.

Vegetation communities: Blue Mallee, Banksia and Dryandra thickets, York Gum woodland, Flat-topped Yate Woodland, Granite Sheoak woodland.

What we're doing

Nursing 80 hectares of previously cleared bushland back to life has been a focus of our work here.

Once an environmentally barren paddock, those 80 hectares are now populated by carefully chosen eucalypts, melaleucas, wattles and casuarinas as part of our first broad-scale restoration planting.

Many years on from the planting, the trees and shrubs are not only increasing native animal populations but have also contributed to the fight against climate change, storing thousands of tonnes of CO2 equivalent – enough to offset the average emissions of hundreds of households.

Yellow Daisies at Chereninup. Photo Barbara Madden.

Meet the Honey Possum

If there were an award for cutest animal in the world, the Honey Possum would surely win.

These tiny creatures weigh about the same as two teaspoons of sugar, while their babies are no bigger than a grain of rice.

Despite their diminutive size, Honey Possums have the largest sperm of all mammals but, being rather shy creatures, it's unlikely they'd gloat. They prefer cover of darkness and often disappear in daylight hours.

Distinguished by their brush-tipped tongue and pointy snouts, they're endemic to southwest Western Australia's heathlands.

A Honey Possum drinking nectar from a Banksia flower. Photo Barry Baker.

Honey Possums eat only nectar and pollen, and rely on various proteaceous species, such as banksias, for food throughout the year.

They're important contributors to the biodiversity of their habitat, collecting pollen on their fur and pollinating other plants as they feed.

Cultural values

The south coast of Western Australia has a long history of human occupation. The Noongar people have lived here for at least 40,000 years, and the patterns of tribal occupation suggest the landforms formed boundaries for different groups. This reserve may have been part of the boundary system for two or more tribes.