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Pullen Pullen Reserve. Photo Wild Vista Digital Production.
Pullen Pullen Reserve. Photo Wild Vista Digital Production.

Buying land

We own properties that have been bought, gifted or bequeathed to us.

Thanks to our generous supporters we:

  • own 42 reserves covering over 1.2 million hectares
  • work in partnership with Aboriginal groups and other landowners to plan and deliver conservation work.
Together, we protect millions of hectares of land.

Our nature reserves

Our network of reserves is the cornerstone of Bush Heritage Australia.

In 1991, we purchased two forest blocks to protect them from logging, in what would become a watershed moment for the conservation movement in Australia. Today, thanks to our generous supporters, we protect over one million hectares, and we are well on our way to doubling this area by 2030.

We think strategically about everything we do. We buy and manage land in areas of high conservation value that are home to nationally significant ecosystems. Reserves are chosen based on our capacity to help protect them in the face of emerging threats, and the degree to which they’re already protected through Australia’s National Reserve System – a combined network of public and privately protected lands.

We manage these reserves acknowledging and supporting Traditional Owners on their lands. Hand in hand we will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of nature to protect our precious shared ecosystems.

How we select land

Australia has no shortage of places in urgent need of conservation!

To best manage our resources we focus on priority landscapes where there are conservation assets of national importance and we can make a significant difference.

Map of our priority landscapes around Australia.

Woodlands at Charles Darwin Reserve, WA. Photo Bronwyn Willis.

What happens next?

  1. Conservation covenants are organised to provide ongoing legal protection.
  2. We begin applying our conservation planning process.
  3. Ongoing ecological monitoring is set up for key conservation targets.
  4. We engage with Traditional Owners to share knowledge of the landscape and identify cultural values.
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