Our conservation work

Our small team keeps busy managing feral animals and weeds, rehabilitating the park and botanic garden and protecting our rare and native creatures. Our seabirds are an important feature of the park.

  • Birds

    Norfolk Island is home to land, water and sea birds - including the protected whale bird, boobook owl and green parrot. The green parrot is the symbol of Norfolk Island National Park and a conservation success story. Thanks to an assisted breeding program this iconic bird is recovering from near extinction.

    • Very few boobooks live on the island and we keep a close eye out for them and their progress. The boobook was almost extinct in the mid 1980s, with just one female bird left on the island - and therefore the world. After a concerted effort to reintroduce the species, numbers grew to around 40 owls. In 2007 breeding dropped off so we are keeping a close eye on the owls.

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  • Rehabilitation

    Just four years ago morning glory covered most of the botanic garden. We have removed much of the weed - making way for spectacular native vegetation regeneration. New boardwalks and interpretational signage and a new garden trail and track through most of the botanic garden keep the park safe for visitors to enjoy.

  • Phillip Island

    Each spring and summer thousands of seabirds return to Phillip Island to breed. Just six kilometres from Norfolk the island is home to a remarkable number of seabirds and a number of rare and endangered plants.

    • But Phillip Island has a harsh history - once overrun with pigs, goats and rabbits, the island's vegetation and soil structure was devastated. In the 1980s the park worked with the community, removing all feral rabbits from the island and began regeneration. The island was further protected in 1996 when it became part of Norfolk Island National Park.

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  • Junior rangers

    The community is a valuable part of the conservation of the island's natural treasures. Our junior rangers learn about the fragile ecosystem on Norfolk Island and assist our work to continue it's protection

  • Biodiversity

    The isolated location of Norfolk means a number of endemic species live here. New discoveries in recent years have also been made. A centipede rediscovered on Phillip Island is further proof of its continuing rehabilitation and recovery.

    • Several reptiles that no longer exist on Norfolk Island can still be found on Phillip Island and in the future it may be possible to reintroduce the species that occurred here before the first settlement.

      In 2012 on Norfolk, visiting botanist Kevin Mills and conservationist John Anderson discovered a rare fern Macrothelypteris torresiana. The fern was thought to be extinct! In recent years a new species of marine crustacean has also been discovered and named after one of our rangers who assisted with the research! No doubt there are more discoveries to be made.

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