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Location: 250km N of Geraldton
Traditional Owners: the Malgana and Nhanda peoples.
Abutting the shore of Hamelin Pool and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Hamelin Station Reserve is a former sheep station of exceptional conservation importance. The purchase of Hamelin extends the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, completing a connected corridor of nature reserves from Shark Bay via Toolonga Nature Reserve, through crown land to Bush Heritage’s Eurardy Reserve and then Kalbarri National Park – a span of over 200km.
Covering 202,644 hectares, the property is situated in a major transitional zone for flora and supports species characteristic of both the South West (Yalgoo) and the Eremaean (Carnarvon) bioregions.
Most vegetation communities in the Carnarvon bioregion on the property are Acacia dominated shrublands on sandplains, which are poorly represented in the National Reserve System. Areas close to the Hamelin Pool shore support samphire shrublands. In the south of the property, Eucalypt woodlands with an understorey of spinifex hummocks occur.
Hamelin Pool is one of only two locations Worldwide where active marine Stromatolites occur in large diversity and abundance.
Stromatolites are created by colonies of microbes called cyanobacteria (blue green algae) which trap and bind sand and sediment grains. They're remarkable for being found in the fossil record dating back to 3.5 billion years, and so are the earliest fossil evidence of life.
Hamelin Station Reserve is a research base for studying the Hamelin Pool stromatolites, providing support for Australian and international scientists, students, volunteers and other research partners. These experts are providing insights that will both protect the Shark Bay World Heritage area and advance our understanding of early life on Earth.
What Hamelin protects
The Shark Bay area supports habitats for 240 bird species (about 35% of Australia’s total), 820 species of plants, and many reptiles and mammals.
With the removal of stock and introduction of feral predator control, habitat quality will improve and we anticipate many species may return to the property.
Animals: Hamelin Skink (endemic to Hamelin Station and a neighbouring property), Western Spiny-tailed Skink, Western Grasswren, Mallefowl (nesting mounds are present)
Plants: Beard’s Mallee (Eucalyptus beardiana), Asby's Banksia (Banksia ashbyi)
Vegetation communities: Shrubland tree heath, Eucalypt woodland over hummock (spinifex) grassland, Temperate and subtropical coastal salt marsh (vulnerable), Diverse shrubland on sandplain.