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View of Stirling ranges from Monjebup Reserve Photo: Jiri Lochman
View of Stirling ranges from Monjebup Reserve Photo: Jiri Lochman

Monjebup Reserves

Established:

2007 & 2010

Area:

2,128 ha

Location:

430km south-east of Perth

Traditional Owners:

Koreng Noongar people

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When we secured the Monjebup and Monjebup North reserves we not only acquired important conservation areas, but also some important pieces of a complicated jigsaw puzzle.

Monjebup Reserve was purchased in 2007, with the addition of Monjebup North in 2010. Together they protect a significant patch of bushland that's critical to restoring the heavily cleared landscape between WA's Stirling Ranges and Fitzgerald River National Parks.

Our conservation work here is an important counterbalance to decades of land clearing in the area.

It will also help support the Gondwana Link project, a plan to restore a 1,000km swathe of bushland from Western Australia's southwest to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain.

A wattle in flower at Monjebup. Photo Jessica Wyld Photography.

Ecologist Angela Sanders with botanist Libby Sandiford surveying at Monjebup. Photo Jessica Wyld Photography.

Excitingly, we've restored just over 400 hectares of cleared land in the north of Monjebup reserve. This has re-established connectivity between remnant bush to the south and Corackerup Nature Reserve immediately to the north.

The restored bush will add to the importance of the Monjebup Reserves as havens for the vulnerable Malleefowl and Western Whipbird, Carnaby's Cockatoo and the Tammar Wallaby.

All this is protected thanks to our generous supporters.

What Monjebup Reserves protect

Animals: Carpet Python, Crested Bellbird, Tammar Wallaby, Black-gloved Wallaby, Malleefowl, Western Pygmy Possum.

Plants: Feather Flowers, Nodding Banksia, Corackerup Moort, Kangaroo Paw, Sandplain Orchid

Vegetation communities: Mallet and moort woodland, Mallee heath, Flat-topped yate, Proteaceous rich heath.

A Pygmy Possum among purple flowers. Photo Michelle Hall.

Healthy Landscape Manager Alex Hams with seedlings for revegetation. Photo Krysta Guille.

What we're doing

In 2009 an infra-red camera captured a Tammar Wallaby - once thought nearly extinct in the region. We've since been working to enhance their recovery by controlling feral animals and restoring the landscape.

New seedlings continue to be steadily introduced to the restoration site and our ongoing surveys have confirmed species such as Malleefowl and Carnaby's Black Cockatoo.

Artificial nest boxes put up in the area provide shelter for tiny Honey Possums and Pygmy Possums, which have been quick to take up residence.

Cultural values

Survey work at Monjebup reserves indicates that Aboriginal people used the area for a wide variety of activities, including gathering raw materials, food processing, hunting, gathering, camping, stone tool manufacture and seasonal movement.

When a bunch of city Noongar kids were taken out of Perth to help map Monjebup's Aboriginal heritage, they were returning to a land their ancestors had walked for thousands of years.

Working with Noongar man Eugene Eades and local tribal elders, they spent five days searching for Aboriginal artefacts and other clues about how the land was used by their ancestors and found artefacts up to 3,000 years old.

Lichen covered rocks amongst the vegetation at Monjebup Reserve. Photo Amanda Keesing.

Species at Monjebup

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Stories from Monjebup

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09/02/2022

Bush Broadcast: Restoring the bush to protect native species

Join our staff as they chat about revegetation efforts underway to protect habitat critically important to native species in south-west WA.

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Andersonia parvifolia at Monjebup Reserve. Photo Libby Sandiford

BUSHTRACKS 14/01/2022

More than beauty

In south-west Western Australia, an incredible diversity of plants sustains an incredible diversity of pollinators. So what happens when both are under threat?

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BLOG 04/08/2021

Welcome rains a boost to the bush

Reveg work for endangered Carnaby's Cockatoos is benefitting from a good wet year.

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BLOG 04/05/2021

The secret life of soil

Did you know that there can be more organisms in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on the planet? The microscopic communities that live in the soil beneath our feet are critical to the health of the planet and ourselves.

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BLOG 10/02/2021

Full steam ahead for Fitz Stirling fauna recovery

It was a proud day for us in south coast WA yesterday as we hosted the launch of our Fitz-Stirling Fauna Recovery Project! This ambitious five-year project spans about 40,000 hectares, making it the largest integrated fauna recovery program involving private landholders in the region’s history. 

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Screenshot from WA wildflowers webinar.

18/12/2020

WA wildflowers

Ecologist Angela Sanders and Alex Hams (Healthy Landscape Manager in South West WA) discuss our Fitz-Stirling reserves. Botanist Libby Sandiford  presents  floral assessments.

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BLOG 04/12/2020

Wildflowers galore in south west WA

Botanist extraordinaire Libby Sandiford has spent the past few years striding across our properties in the Fitz-Stirling in south-west Western Australia. She's documented an incredible 934 species of flora in just under 4000 hectares, which is highly biodiverse by anyone's reckoning.

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BLOG 26/11/2020

Helping out the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo

Bush Heritage’s efforts to connect remnant patches of bush in the fragmented but ecologically diverse landscape between the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River national parks have been given a boost with support from Loro Parque Fundación.

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Wildflowers on Monjebup Reserve. Photo Jessica Wyld Photography.

BUSHTRACKS 25/09/2020

From tin whistles to tinsel

As we prepare to start a first-of-its-kind feral control program in the Fitz-Stirling, Noongar Traditional Owner Aunty Carol Petterson reflects on the changes seen in her lifetime.

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BUSHTRACKS 13/04/2020

Jane Caro: Out bush

When writer and self-confessed city-slicker Jane Caro takes an opportunity to venture west, it leads her to experience all the highlights and some of the lowlights of life in the field.

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BUSHTRACKS 13/04/2020

Rain birds return

Back in the 1970s, the skies over Perth used to blacken with the sight of Carnaby’s Cockatoos. The big noisy parrots flocked across the horizon in their thousands. These days they are few and far between.

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BLOG 09/04/2020

Revegetation monitoring

It had been 16 years since our last visit to Chereninup Creek Reserve, for a National Tree Day planting. That cold and blustery day was the start of a revegetation program in the mega-diverse region between the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Parks in southern WA.

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BLOG 27/12/2019

Which is cuter – Honey or Pygmy Possum?

There’s some conjecture around which tiny marsupial is the cutest, Honey or Pygmy Possums. After seeing both popping up in the pitfall traps and nesting boxes blanketing the reserve, I can understand the debate. Over the course of five days myself and four other volunteers interacted with a broad cross-section of animals that had made homes for themselves in the newly revegetated areas.

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BLOG 25/11/2019

Social spiders in possum nest boxes

Pygmy Possums quickly took up residence in the nest boxes we erected in restored habitat at our Monjebup North reserve in southwest WA. What we didn't expect were the large colonies of social spiders that also moved in!

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BLOG 19/06/2019

A ray of hope for Carnaby's Cockatoo

Carnaby's Cockatoos are returning to restored farmland in Western Australia to feed just 5 years after planting.

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BUSHTRACKS 22/03/2019

Feral focus

How we’re working beyond our boundaries to control foxes and feral cats in south-west Western Australia.

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BUSHTRACKS 22/03/2019

In the field

The recent opening of the Michael Tichbon Field Station heralds a new era for Bush Heritage’s conservation work in the species-rich Fitz-Stirling region of the south-west.

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BLOG 06/08/2018

Malleefowl mound in revegetation

Completely unaware of being watched, a pair of Malleefowl have been practising courtship displays on their new mound. We're very excited that they've made their home in 6-year-old revegetation on our Monjebup North property in south-west Western Australia.

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BUSHTRACKS 20/06/2018

Western Brush Wallabies return

Bush Heritage’s revegetation of 420 hectares on Monjebup North Reserve has seen the return of the poorly studied Western Brush Wallaby, known locally as the Black-gloved Wallaby or Kwoora.

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BLOG 12/06/2018

Hello possums!

Our restoration on Monjebup North Reserve is bursting with life. This 450 hectares of former farmland sitting in the Gondwana Link pathway on the south coast of WA was revegetated over 3 years from 2012 to 2014 and we're now seeing some measurable benefits for wildlife.

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BLOG 10/10/2017

Pygmy Possum bed & breakfast

In January this year volunteers Annie and Ian Mayo put up 20 Pygmy Possum nest boxes in the vegetation restoration area on Monjebup North Reserve in south-west Western Australia. The boxes were funded by a generous donation from a supporter to provide shelter and nesting sites for these tiny possums in the developing vegetation.

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BUSHTRACKS 05/10/2017

Turning back time

We're transforming bare paddocks into bush as part of one of Australia’s most ambitious revegetation projects – and the animals are coming back.

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BLOG 21/09/2017

A world of colourful, spring wildflowers

Sometimes we're so busy getting the job done that we forget to take time out to record the results. Colleagues in Melbourne had asked me for updated images of the restoration work so that we can show our wonderful donors what we do with what they give us. So I took time out yesterday to capture some updated images of the Monjebup North project.

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BLOG 22/02/2017

'Just a bit of bush'

Through the past three years we've had well-known and highly-respected South Coast botanist Libby Sandiford running a rolling vegetation survey across some of our Gondwana Link reserves. The information Libby has collated has surprised even us - we knew that what we're protecting and managing here is pretty special, but we didn't know quite how special.​

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BLOG 20/02/2017

Return of the birds

A wide variety of birds are returning to our Monjebup North property, in the Gondwana Link pathway in southwest WA, just 4 years after the paddocks were seeded with native plants.

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BLOG 19/10/2016

Kunzea newbeyi stronghold

The few hundred hectares of original bush on Monjebup North turn out to be what's almost certainly the world stronghold for the little-known Priority 1 species Kunzea newbeyi, which grows there in abundance. And it's the only one of the fewer than 5 sites from which the species is recorded that's secure.

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BLOG 13/04/2016

A look at $8,000 worth of seed

Restoration on our Monjebup property in Gondwana Link, southwest Western Australia, has received a boost with donor support to establish food plants for the threatened Carnaby's Black Cockatoo. Eva Palmer is supporting a 3-year project to put more proteaceous plants back into the landscape for these birds. The initial phase was a trial of direct sowing by machine of proteaceous seed, which in the past has proved to be a big challenge because of the difficulty in collecting, treating and distributing the large seeds.

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BLOG 25/01/2016

Mid-summer waterfall in south-west WA!

Yes, this is a waterfall, and yes this is the middle of summer in the southwest of Western Australia. Bill and Jane Thompson (our partners, whose Yarraweyah Falls​ property adjoins our Monjebup Reserve) had strict instructions to let me (Angela Sanders, Gondwana Link Ecologist) know if the waterfall on their property ever got going.

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BLOG 07/08/2015

1,000 acres of restoration

With huge financial and other support from South Coast NRM, and bolstered by generous contributions from private donors, we've now all but completed 400 hectares - that's 1,000 acres - of restoration on the Monjebup North property we bought in 2009.

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BUSHTRACKS 20/03/2015

Dirt poor but rich in diversity

Ecologist Angela Sanders has been working on our Gondwana Link properties in the Fitz-Stirling region of Western Australia for 10 years. Monjebup Reserve is exceptionally rich in plant species and, in a twist of logic, poor soil (that is, low in nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorous) is one of the reasons.

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BUSHTRACKS 21/09/2014

A focal point in the Fitz-Stirling

After ‘coveting’ Monjebup Creek as a potential reserve for years, our team in Western Australia has finally got their hands on it. Now the long wait is over they’re wasting no time getting plans for the property underway.

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BUSHTRACKS 21/06/2014

Helping protect remnant habitats

If our campaign to protect the Monjebup Creek property' in the Fitz‑Stirling region of south‑west Western Australia is successful, another piece of the Gondwana Link puzzle will fall into place. Here's a taste of what we expect monitoring work on the property would reveal. [19 May 2014]

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