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Recent blog posts

Are the devils coming back?

We've just received a reliable report of two healthy Tasmanian Devils in the Liffey Valley, including one juvenile. Since 1996, facial tumour disease has wiped out over 80% of Tasmania's devil population and sightings at Liffey are rare.  But there are recent reports that wild devils are developing natural resistance to the disease. It's early days yet, but here's hoping that a viable population… Read more »

Mapping cats at Boolcoomatta

Hi! I’m Emily and I'm a science intern here at Boolcoomatta Reserve in the arid rangelands of South Australia. My primary focus over the next two months is to collect data on the distribution of feral cats here. Feral cats are arguably Australia’s most devastating introduced species. They've been linked to the decline and extinction of many birds, reptiles and small mammals. Here at… Read more »

Keeping it in the family

For the past week Ian and I have been volunteering at Hamelin Station Reserve where our primary job is to remove unwanted internal fencing. With hundreds of kilometres of fence to pull, there’s plenty to keep other willing volunteers busy, should you feel so inclined. After pulling the fences we load the wire and posts into the trailer and then unload them at the reserve ‘tip’,… Read more »

Hamelin Outback Station Stay - open for the 2017 tourist season!

Last week Bush Heritage's Hamelin Outback Station Stay opened for the 2017 season. We are delighted to see the wonderful Station Stay team - Jackie Mahood, Denise Ivers and David Hulks - return to Hamelin for 2017, revitalised after the summer break. Station Stay Manager Jackie Mahood said as she pulled the car up at the Station Stay after a four-month break, she was welcomed by a beautiful chorus… Read more »

Hector & Sadie; clean & tidy

One the less glamorous but necessary jobs for Bush Heritage staff who live and work on remote reserves, is the management of household rubbish and other waste materials.  Another is keeping reserve infrastructure such visitors quarters, machinery sheds, workshops etc. well maintained plus efficient in terms of the resources they use, such as water, power and gas.  We call these jobs our “Hector – trash collector”… Read more »

The Station Stay Way - a new collaboration in the west

The 'Station Stay Way' is a new collaboration between Bush Heritage's Hamelin Station Reserve and three pastoral properties:  Bullara Station, Quobba Station, Wooramel Station. These four properties between Geraldton and Exmouth each have a 'Station Stay' that provides accommodation and camping options for self-drive tourists and visitors. Each Station Stay offers a unique and authentic bush experience and enables travellers to engage in… Read more »

Rehab success

Various infiltration and soil erosion mitigation techniques have been applied in some areas on Bon Bon Station Reserve over the past few years, where we've had the tools (and advice) available to start a repair process.  We've some attached photos here to show the results so far. Read more »

The Green Army digging trenches for Bon Bon

I work in the mid-north of South Australia as a supervisor/team leader for a company called Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) with a green army government program. Part of my job is to ensure the youth who participate, gain skills necessary for them to gain further employment, but that isn’t all. It’s also my responsibility to ensure that this team gets a better understanding of… Read more »