Booderee is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful flora and fauna. Plenty of behind the scenes work goes on to ensure the longevity of our flora and fauna populations, so that our residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy this abundance in the park.
Rangers, natural resource managers and scientists have been working alongside the Wreck Bay Community for decades to maintain and increase the biological diversity of the national park. Intensive feral animal and weed control is paving the way for the reintroduction of many species that were once locally extinct to the area.
By constantly monitoring the health of the park’s ecosystem and establishing strong research partnerships with universities, conservation groups, zoos, government and other organisations, we are ensuring that Booderee remains a vibrant and healthy home for our plants, animals, birds and sea life.
The Eastern Bristlebird, Booderee Botanic Gardens
Booderee is protecting threatened species such as the eastern bristlebird and Magenta lilly pilly. We are also securing the future of extremely rare Australian plants (such as Banksia vincentia) and reintroducing several native mammals to the park.
For more than a decade, an intensive fox control program has allowed threatened fauna to continue living in the park while creating opportunities for some Australian mammals to return.
In recent years three locally extinct species have been reintroduced to the park, including the southern brown bandicoot, the long-nosed potoroo, and the eastern quoll.
Helping these native animals establish successful populations is crucial and difficult work, threatened by challenges such as fox and feral cat predation. These are ambitious projects that aim to restore the biodiversity of the park that existed before introduced species. All of these projects have been done with significant partnerships.
Through another major partnership, Booderee Botanic Gardens is ensuring the Banksia vincentia is retained in Australia’s floral landscape.
Only four Banksia vincentia are known to exist in the wild as of 2018. But the future of this species is in good hands with Booderee leading efforts to propagate it with other botanic gardens and conservation organisations.
Meanwhile, the tiny eastern bristlebird, although endangered throughout Australia, has a healthy population in Booderee thanks to the ongoing fox control program at Booderee.
You’ll see bristlebirds along coastal heath areas near the ruins of Cape St George Lighthouse. Please drive carefully around these areas as bristlebirds often run across the roads.
The critically endangered Rhodamnia rubescens in NSW have been propagated to the Booderee Botanic Gardens for preservation. Many of these plants in the Booderee nursery sourced from Murramarang may now be the only clonal representatives of the species from this region.Myrtle rust threats and bushfires have proven the need for further urgent work in protecting this critically endangered species. The short-term aim is to propagate from those locations to keep successfully propagated plants as ex-situ collections, such as Booderee and other botanic gardens.
Let’s keep Booderee wild
The powerful owl, Booderee National Park
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