At Bush Heritage, it’s about getting the balance right so we deliver on our promise – healthy country, protected forever.
How the land responds
On many properties removing grazing stock is probably the most important action we've taken to restore the health of the landscape.
Maintaining boundary fences with neighbouring pastoral properties is also crucial to maintaining low grazing pressure.
For example, at the time it was purchased, Carnarvon Station Reserve in Queensland had degraded native bluegrass downs on which few native animals survived.
Following the removal of stock, the native grasslands have flourished, supported by weed control and use of fire. Now these threatened habitats are supporting insects, reptiles, increasing numbers of native mammals, seed-eating birds such as the Plum-headed Finch, the Turquoise Parrot, and birds of prey.
They're also harvested to provide seed stock to sell to other landowners looking to re-establish native bluegrass grasslands.
Our response to the NSW inquiry into kangaroo management
Earlier this year, we submitted a response to the government inquiry into the health and wellbeing of kangaroos and other macropods in NSW. We were one of 400 responses to the inquiry, which gave us an opportunity to discuss our kangaroo management approach in an open and transparent forum.
This inquiry was established to ensure better regulation and standards in kangaroo management across the sector. We support this move and already uphold strict standards and follow all humane guidelines. We don’t like having to undertake active kangaroo management and we only do it, when the science demonstrates overabundance that is negatively impacting species across the landscape. See also our Animal Welfare policy, which outlines our humane approach to some difficult conservation challenges.