Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/23/2017 at 06:53. Facebook
At first sight the dry landscape of the Tasmanian Midlands seems an unlikely contender for the title of ‘National Biodiversity Hotspot’. What makes it one?

The dry climate & fertile soils (a relic of its volcanic past) allows a complex mosaic of ecosystems to thrive. In turn, these support a diverse range of threatened species, such as the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, the Eastern Bettong,...
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At first sight the dry landscape of the Tasmanian Midlands seems an
This Shy Feather Flower (Verticordia fimbrelepis fimbrelepis) found on our Kojonup Reserve (WA) is one of just 13 known populations left in the wild.

For the first time since we bought Kojonup 20 years ago, we've carried out a cool-burn to revitalise these rare plants.

Regeneration from soil-stored seed is predicted to be prolific in the 1st & 2nd winters that follow. [ Bit.ly Link ]
This Shy Feather Flower Verticordia fimbrelepis fimbrelepis found on our Kojonup Reserve
Jacqui Goodman
Jan McGennisken
Vivian Rogers
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/21/2017 at 06:22. Facebook
Explore our vast & remote Ethabuka Reserve (Qld) on a guided tour from July 24-28. It's a magnificent desert property characterised by stunning red dunes, spinifex swales & ephemeral wetlands, dotted with coolabah & gidgee trees.

It's a haven for desert wildlife & boasts one of the richest reptile lists in Aus, with species such as the Jewelled Gecko & Short-tailed Pygmy Monitor.

Managed...
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Explore our vast remote Ethabuka Reserve Qld on a guided tour from
Liz Stubbs
Joel de Sena
Kate Dobinson
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/21/2017 at 00:09. Facebook
It's wonderful to see some of the important players in the early years of Bush Heritage continuing their journey with us & visiting our Gondwana Link reserves.

Learn more about how Bob Brown founded our organisation: [ Bit.ly Link ]
More on how you can visit our reserves too: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Its wonderful to see some of the important players in the early
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/20/2017 at 06:03. Facebook
Ecologists Tina Schroeder & Ben Parkhurst are residents at our Eurardy Reserve (WA). When Tina got a copy of the new Spider Field Guide from CSIRO Publishing (a good read: [ Bit.ly Link ] & had trouble identifying a specimen, she tweeted author Rob Whyte.

Turns out it's a NEW GENUS – known about but undescribed. Finding a new invertebrate species isn’t all that uncommon but an undescribed...
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Ecologists Tina Schroeder Ben Parkhurst are residents at our Eurardy Reserve WA
Mark Livett
Fiona Stubbins
Peter Clark
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/19/2017 at 06:36. Facebook
Hear from our man on the ground in central Victoria - Reserve Manager Jeroen van Veen - as he introduces you to some of our challenges & achievements at our Nardoo Hills Reserves.

More on Nardoo Hills: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Kim Ely
Gary Lobley
Ivanka Australiana
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/18/2017 at 07:05. Facebook
While Wedge-tailed Eagles on mainland Australia travel very large distances, research has found the endangered sub-species in Tasmania prefers to remain close to where they hatched.

More on wedgies: [ Bit.ly Link ]
While Wedgetailed Eagles on mainland Australia travel very large distances research has

Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles are real homebodies, study finds

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Sandra Davies
Gavin Jon
Sandra Davies
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/16/2017 at 23:59. Facebook
Small, conical holes in the Tassie Midlands ground are the calling cards of Eastern Barred Bandicoots searching for their favourite foods – truffles, tubers & insects to dig up with their long, curved toes.

Both Eastern Barred Bandicoot & Eastern Bettongs (pictured © Sandy Kuiper) are considered ‘soil engineers’ for their ability to shape & nourish the ecosystems they live in.

As these...
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Small conical holes in the Tassie Midlands ground are the calling cards

Standing in the Way of Extinction

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Jenny Wilson
Connie Seward
Jim McNamara
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia
06/16/2017 at 06:19. Facebook
Our winter newsletter is out now & it's a special edition about our work in the Tasmanian Midlands. It's one of the most at-risk landscapes in the world & a biodiversity hot-spot that's home to 32 nationally threatened species.

Properties in the area are tightly held but we're working together with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy & farmers to provide stewardship payments for conservation work...
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Our winter newsletter is out now its a special edition about our
Endangered woodland birds such as the Swift Parrot, the Malleefowl & the Bush Stone-curlew should benefit from improved habitat around Wedderburn in Vic.

For us it's a priority landscape with some of the most intact tracts of inland slope grassy woodland. Some 82% of this has been cleared in Aus & much of the 18% left is degraded.

This grant is great news for our partners in the area...
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Endangered woodland birds such as the Swift Parrot the Malleefowl the Bush

Grant of $300,000 to protect bird habitat

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Sandra L Weller
Rose McMillan
Angie Paton
Trapdoor spiders create some of the most intricate burrows. Females can live up to 20 years & as they grow they must widen their burrow & extend the size of their trapdoor. If you look closely at the trapdoor of some species you can see concentric rings where the home owner has added to the outside edge of her trapdoor.

Our favourite was found on Eurardy Reserve (WA) & uses twigs & leaf...
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Margaret Halliwell
Ethan Williams
Kevin Linton
The Satin Bowerbird in action. Adult males build & decorate elaborate bowers to entice a female, then they perform an equally elaborate courtship dance.

More on bowerbirds: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Cathie Bromwich
Phyllis Munson
Neroli Smith
Here's a blast from the past. In 2002 some key players in the Gondwana Link conservation partnership were scouting for properties in the Fitz-Stirling area of sth-west WA. They came across this broken down dozer in bushland that would not be there if not for some mechanical problems.

This property is now part of our Monjebup Reserves – a haven for the vulnerable Malleefowl & Western Whipbird,...
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Heres a blast from the past In 2002 some key players in
Jacqui Goodman
Prof. Chris Dickman & his students - Ratcatchers, Desert Ecology Research Group, University of Sydney - have been trying some new techniques at our Ethabuka Reserve (Qld). To help desert creatures escape cats & foxes they've been creating man-made shelters for their protection. [ Ab.co Link ]
Dealia Fisher
Leanne Maher
Colin Crawford
The Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation P/L is an independent group owned & directed by Traditional Owner communities. It protects some spectacular natural systems in far nth Qld & species such as this fearsome croc!

More on our conservation partnerships in Cape York: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation PL is an independent group owned
Yvonne Janine
Samantha Robertson
Wayne Isles
This Interior Blind Snake (Anilios endoterus) was captured by a team of Bush Heritage & Arid Recovery staff & volunteers during a fauna survey last summer on Bon Bon Reserve in northern South Australia ([ Bit.ly Link ].

Blind Snakes live under leaf litter, rotting logs & in termite mounds. They're harmless & eat the larvae of termites & ants. There are 44 Australian species.

They look...
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This Interior Blind Snake Anilios endoterus was captured by a team of
Helen Bainbridge
Laura Lee
Angie Shuetrim
As they scurry beneath the foliage, digging for insects, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot helps revitalise the soil & creates perfect little holes for plants to establish.

They've helped shaped the beauty of the Tasmanian Midlands but are just 1 of 32 nationally-listed threatened species packed into this small area. Help support our conservation work there: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Image © J J...
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As they scurry beneath the foliage digging for insects the Eastern Barred
Rowan Holgate
Helen Cowan
Ceinwen Price
An interesting 5-minute radio interview about the variety of bush tucker available from native plants in Tasmania.
An interesting 5minute radio interview about the variety of bush tucker available

Which Tassie plants can you eat?

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Michele Dix
Alison Woodley
Ros Runciman
Our Euarardy Reserve in WA (145km nth of Geraldton) is renown for its wildflowers. When we bought it in 2005 the amount of jam & york gum woodlands protected in the Geraldton Sandplain bioregion jumped overnight from <1% to 22%.

The remaining bushland is exceptionally important for species such as the nationally vulnerable Malleefowl. It also forms a critical habitat link between Kalbarri National Park...
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Our Euarardy Reserve in WA 145km nth of Geraldton is renown for
Shoshana Rapley
Yvonne Bell
Caroline Abrahamsson
Love this video from our partners at Arid Recovery.

When an Australasian Grebe hatches it can swim almost immediately but doesn't become independent for 8 weeks & will follow its parents around, sometimes nestling on the back of a swimming adult to rest.

Apparently the mother was just a few metres away glaring daggers. No doubt this chick would have been told off for talking to strangers!
Karen OMalley
Rose McMillan