Why we purchased Naree

Bush Heritage Australia has purchased Naree station because it’s an outstanding wetland located in a really important part of the Murray-Darling Basin system. It is recognised as one of the most important wetland sites in Australia and the recent national water bird surveys recognised it as being among the top 20 such places right across our nation. So placing it there with such important locations as the Coorong, dare I say some of the Kakadu wetlands and other vital places for water birds in Australia. So Naree Station represents a really important addition to the conservation reserve network. In 2008 there was an estimate of over 50,000 water birds breeding on Yantabulla Swamp and there’s been well over eight to ten thousand birds breeding in Back Creek swamp, which is a key wetland on Naree itself. The woodland birds at Naree Station are a highlight as well as the wetland birds. Bush Heritage has a role through its supporters to look after this special place, which is in such healthy condition and that Pink Cockatoo, Painted Honeyeater, the babblers, all tell me that this is a healthy place. What we do today counts in conservation terms. Those areas that we can actually bring into a conservation management regime do make a difference not only locally but nationally and internationally. We’ve had great support from leading scientists within the Australian community including Professor Richard Kingsford who has advised us fully about the importance of this wetland area to conservation not only of water birds but to the woodland habitats that surround the areas. Bush Heritage understands Naree Station is a very special place and we are privileged to have the support of many Australians from all walks of life who have helped us secure it now and forever.

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