A map showing the location of our Eurardy Reserve in Western Australia.

Established: 2005
Area: 30,050 ha
Location: 145km N of Geraldton
Traditional Owners: Nhanda people

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When Bush Heritage bought Eurardy Reserve in 2005, it had an immediate impact on Western Australian conservation. Overnight, the amount of jam and york gum woodlands protected in the Geraldton Sandplain bioregion jumped from less than 1% to 22%.

The decision to buy Eurardy had many other benefits, including cementing protection for part of the Southwest Botanical Province.

An Echidna on Eurardy Reserve. Photo Leanne Hales.
An Echidna on Eurardy Reserve. Photo Leanne Hales.
One of only 34 biodiversity hotspots recognised globally, the province makes up just 0.23% of the Earth's land surface and yet supports 12.6% of its rare and threatened flora.

In fact, the diversity of plant species found in this region outranks that of Australia's tropical rainforests, and its annual wildflower displays attract people from all over the world.

York Gum on Eurardy Reserve. Photo Leanne Hales.
York Gum on Eurardy Reserve. Photo Leanne Hales.
Eurardy Reserve itself, tucked into the northern edge of this biodiversity hotspot, protects over 500 plant species, including at least five nationally endangered or vulnerable plant species, and forms a critical habitat link between Kalbarri National Park and Toolonga Nature Reserve to the north.

All this has been protected thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

What Eurardy Reserve protects

Land clearing and the spread of salinity have devastated much of this region, making the remaining bushland exceptionally important for species such as the nationally vulnerable Malleefowl. Eurardy is also home to the endangered Small-petalled Beyeria – a plant presumed extinct until rediscovered in 2005. These significant species and communities are also found:

A Spinifex Hopping Mouse at Eurardy Reserve. Photo Leanne Hales.
A Spinifex Hopping Mouse at Eurardy Reserve. Photo Leanne Hales.
Animals: Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Spinifex Hopping-mouse, Hairy-footed Dunnart, Ash-grey mouse.

Plants: Northern Dwarf Spider-orchid, Feather-flowers, Kalbarri Spider-orchid, Beard's mallee, Wreath flower.

Vegetation communities: York gum woodland, Scrub-heath, Shrublands of acacia, casuarina, Eucalyptus eudesmoides (mallalie), Ashby's banksia and other species, Sceptre banksia and sandplain cypress woodland, Acacia rostellifera (summer-scented wattle) thicket.

What we’re doing

A massive project is underway to plant a million trees and shrubs in the red soils of a 1350 hectare cleared area. We were able to start thanks to a partnership with Perth’s Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund and the generosity of supporters will help us give the new seedlings the best chance of survival in the months and years ahead.

Eurardy has benefited enormously from the generous support of volunteers. Volunteers joined forces with our Reserve Managers to survey Malleefowl activity, making a very useful contribution to what we know about this nationally vulnerable species on Eurardy.

It was a special day when an active mound was found. But even better news was to follow, when some broken eggshell and downy feathers on the mound's edge were found, indicating a successful hatching.

Ecologist Ben Parkhurst with his wife Tina Schroeder and son Liam, are resident at Eurardy. Photo Katelyn Reynolds.
Ecologist Ben Parkhurst with his wife Tina Schroeder and son Liam, are resident at Eurardy. Photo Katelyn Reynolds.
The Bungabandi Creek Restoration Project has also benefited from the idea that many hands make light work. With volunteer help brush has been laid in key sections of the disturbed creekbed. This, together with closing a track through the creek, will slow water erosion and re-establish a more natural flow pattern.

We've also had great success with rabbit control. Rabbit numbers are now so low that there's been some very encouraging natural regeneration. In addition to rabbits, foxes and feral goats are also controlled at Eurardy.

Blooming marvellous

When the big reds and yellows of Eurardy Reserve come out to play, they draw an abundance of local birds and insects.

Calytrix and Pileanthus wildflowers on Eurardy. Photo Ben Parkhurst.
Calytrix and Pileanthus wildflowers on Eurardy. Photo Ben Parkhurst.
The big reds are Feather-flowers, Claw-flowers and Grevilleas, and when in bloom they cast flushes of palest coral, rosy red and vivid scarlet across the landscape.

The big yellows are Acacias and ground-hugging Everlastings, which stand in gorgeous contrast to the blue sky above. 

And that's just the beginning – with flowers in pinks, purples, blues and whites all adding to the heady mix. No wonder Eurardy is one of the most outstanding wildflower destinations along WA's Batavia Coast.

In 2003 the Wildflower Society of Western Australia began to help with surveys on the reserve, which they continue to contribute to today. On their first survey 481 native plant species were identified, and many were pressed and mounted in a field herbarium that's now regularly updated.

Cultural values

Eurardy Reserve and the area surrounding it is the traditional country of the Nanda people. This area is of strong cultural significance, particularly Bungabandi Creek, where camping areas and artefacts have been identified.