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Billabongs at the Yourka Reserve homestead. By Martin Willis
Billabongs at the Yourka Reserve homestead. By Martin Willis

Impact Report

A year (2022-23) of targeted outcomes.
Published 25 Aug 2023

Our Impact Report reflects on 12 months of incredible achievements. Thank you for making these possible.

Your support allows Bush Heritage to be the national organisation we are today, with dedicated staff, countless volunteers and supporters, all committed to our shared vision of healthy Country, protected forever.

Nature continues to throw urgent reminders that call for its protection. Thirty years ago, this call came from the old-growth forest in the Liffey Valley, Tasmania, palawa Country. Two blocks of significant vegetation including rainforest were about to be sold and logged.

For Bush Heritage’s founding members, this confirmed the well-known need for a better model for land conservation in Australia. They responded by accruing the funds to purchase the two blocks and began actively managing the land – protecting it in perpetuity. This sparked the beginning of Bush Heritage and forged a new way forward in conserving this continent’s precious landscapes.

In 2022-23, we embraced the first year of our 2030 Strategy, the organisation’s most focused and ambitious approach to protecting nature to date. With the plan in place, we experienced changes to help us meet the goals of the strategy. This included the expansion of our team, the deepening of our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners and the understanding of how we would best deliver impact in the agricultural space.

Our growing number of reserves allow us to protect the diversity of Australia's landscapes, plants and animals. We are a unified force for nature, grounded in science and culture.

Together, we will continue responding to nature’s calls and carry the enthusiastic momentum built over the past 12 months and Bush Heritage’s lifetime into the forthcoming year.


We help protect and contribute to the management of:

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10.4

million hectares

With our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners

7,735

native species

Recorded on our reserves to date

1.2

million hectares

Through our reserve network

2.3

million hectares

With our agricultural partners 

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By the numbers

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43,206

volunteer hours contributed

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283

conservation targets

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130

hectares planted

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2,699

flora and fauna surveys undertaken

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169

properties or farming enterprises for which biodiviersity assessments have been completed

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33

weed management strategies in place

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31

feral animal management programs undertaken across reserves

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23

scientific papers published

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46

research projects undertaken

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33

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander partnerships

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59

on-Country trips supported (workshops, camps, events)

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46

early-career conservationists supported

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199

Bush Heritage Staff

Naree Reserve Homestead, Budjiti Country, NSW. By Andrew Corrick

Our network of reserves

Conserving Australia’s unique species and irreplaceable landscapes on a vast scale.

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Dr Kate Fitzherbert OAM, Former Bush Heritage Science Manager. By Bee Stephens

Conservation for a changing world

Investing in research and partnerships that expand our understanding of the changing world and improve our capacity to look after it. 

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Ecologist Matt Appleby and Midlands farmer John Atkinson inspect a bush remnant on his property. By Amelia Caddy

Natural capital in agriculture

We work with farmers and other landholders to deliver landscape-scale conservation outcomes beyond our reserves' boundaries.

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Karajarri Elder J 'Tarrika' Watson. By Ben Broady

Doing things the right way

We work in partnership with Traditional Owners to protect and heal Country, led by their deep-held knowledge of the natural ecology, sophisticated land management practices and culture.

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Georgea Kamara - Intern with the Seeding the Future Program at Tarcutta Hills Reserve, Wiradjuri Country, NSW

Connecting people with purpose

Helping people to experience, connect with, and learn about the bush to inspire support for its conservation.

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Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the following groups who were vital to our successes in 2022-23. 

Our supporters | Our Board | Aboriginal partners | Corporate partners | Regional partners | Research partners 

Your generous support helps us continue vital conservation work.

Financial results

“In 2022-23, our supporters’ continued generous contributions allowed Bush Heritage to deliver a robust financial outcome. We achieved a strong revenue that enabled a significant increase in expenditure across our key impact areas throughout the year.”

Revenue
$34 million

57%
Donations & gifts
22%
Bequests
8%
Volunteer and pro-bono services
6%
Grants
3%
Conservation enterprises
4%
Other incl interest & investment income
 

Expenses
$34 million

70%
Conservation management activities
11%
Organisational support
9%
Conservation communities, events & education
6%
Fundraising activities
5%
Investment in new supporters
 

Print copies

As part of our commitment to sustainability and paperless communications, we’ve reduced the number of printed Impact Report copies.

If needed, you can download a full, print-ready PDF copy of our Impact Report 2022-23, including financial statements and auditor’s report.

Archived copies of Annual Reports and Financial Reports from past years are also available.

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