Gondwana Link

Prepare Conservation Plans

Why we need to plan

The primary role of our planning is to improve cohesion and integration across a diversity of views and information sources, while being able to regularly test plans to ensure they are as strategic as possible.

Plans are also an effective means of building clarity amongst the range of people involved in any one project area.

How we help

We have adopted the internationally accepted Open Standards for Conservation approach, and the associated Conservation Action Planning and Miradi software tools which also enable comparisons across targets. This approach has now been supported in eight different areas of the Link, and has the added advantage of enabling comparisons between regions and across targets. We thank The Nature Conservancy for introducing us to this tool.

Detailed planning to establish the Gondwana Link program was a hot topic at the first Conservation Action Planning training workshop in Australia, held in Emerald Queensland in 2001.

Since 2010 we have had Barry Heydenrych (seconded from Greening Australia) and Paula Deegan helping with development of local area conservation plans across the Link.

Planning and constant review and adaptation of plans is a time-consuming task, and we are presently part of a national discussion on how to make ongoing planning less onerous for time pressured local groups.

What groups do

The collection of groups working together in each area have responsibility for the development and upkeep of their plans.

Development of good plans requires a focused effort from key group members and other experts. Typically, each group will meet a number of times as they work through their plans, starting with a robust discussion on what really are the strategically important but ‘ambitiously achievable’ targets, and how their ecological condition can be measurably improved within ten years. We then prod and poke and exasperate until the groups feel the final plans are both ecologically robust and practically worthwhile.

The knowledge contributed and freely shared by group members and visiting experts is often staggering. To have a group map all their wallaby populations, and the breeding lineage for each family, over morning tea is an impressive insight into just how much knowledge is available. Similarly, to have a research scientist in the room who can see how valued and applicable their decades of research can be.

The groups, of course, are also undertaking far more massive tasks in the implementation of what are quite often very efficient programs of work.


 

 

Paula Deegan and the Ranges Link group working on their conservation plan. This group always include scone, jam and cream in their planning sessions.Photo courtesy Paula Deegan.

 

Planning in the early days (2004). Since then mapping and the availability of spatial datasets has improved enormously. Photo Nathan McQuoid.

 

 

Karri trees beside the Frankland River.

 

 

 

 

Chorizema.

 

Giant Tingle trees only grow in a small region of the forest zone where the soil types, cool southern slopes, a high rainfall and some summer drizzle maintains the conditions they need.

 

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The upper reaches of the Margaret River. Photo courtesy Nature Conservation Margaret River Region.

 

Banksia coccinea or scarlet banksia. Photo Amanda Keesing

 

 

 

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region are romping ahead with Western Ringtail Possum conservation including surveying of the river foreshores and significant habitat enhancement. Photo Boyd Wykes.

 

 

 

Eddy and Donna Wajon, with Barry Heydenrych, amoungst the revegetation on their property Chingarrup Sanctuary.

 

 

Erosion control to stop tonnes of sand entering a creek at the bottom of the hill.

 

Foreshore planting along the Margaret River. Photo courtesy Nature Conservation Margaret River Region.

 

 

 

 

Keith Bradby and Fred Powell sharing their local knowledge.

 

Jerramungup High School students volunteer to build reptile habitat from unwanted building materials.

 

 

The western, wetter end of the link

 

 

Across south-western Australia

 

Where natural habitat is more fragmented

 

How we tackle the work

 

 

 

The world's largest remaining temperate woodland. Explore the work of the Photo. Jo Bel

 

 

Explore the work undertaken in the areas where the Karri, Jarrah and Marri grow.

 

 

The largest temperate woodland in the world

 

How we tackle the work

 

 

Our learnings and achievements

 

Across south-western Australia

 

 

 

 

‘River Walk’ Field Day. Basil Schur and Diane Harwood discuss rehabilitating riparian zones with Denmark Community. Photo Shaun Ossinger, WICC.

 

Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee Annual Fox Shoot 2018. Dispatched 126 foxes, 17 cats and 66 rabbits. Photo Shaun Ossinger, WICC.

 

Denmark College of Agriculture students planting native seedlings along a creek line to establish a wildlife corridor. Photo Mark Parre, 3 August 2018

 

There are a range of vegetation types across the Forest to Stirlings area. This is a jarrah-wandoo open woodland. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Across this region are strings of lake systems. Some are fresh, many are naturally salty. All are important habitat including for migratory bird species. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Planting around the wetlands and lakes helps protect and strengthen their habitat values. Wetlands are fragile and management is often needed to ensure their ongoing health. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Here is one of the healthy bandicoots living in the Balijup feral proof sanctuary. There is regular monitoring to check on their health and breeding. Photo Basil Schur

 

This is the predator proof fence around the wildlife sanctuary at Balijup near Tenterden. I has a floppy top which stops foxes and cats climbing over the top. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Breakaway country in the Stirling to Fitzgerald landscape. And on top a rare eucalypt. This region is a hotspot of biodiversity - even richer that the renowned Stirling Range. Photo Jiri Lochman.

 

The 2017 gathering of the groups in Albany. Photo Amanda Keesing

 

Gondwana Link - reconnected country across 1,000 km of the SW corner of Australia, an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot.

 

 

The coastline of the Manypeaks area is spectacular with granite domes, stunning beaches and extremely diverse vegetation. Photo Cary Nicholas.

 

Typical mallee heath with proteaceous species (eg banksias) which are highly evolved and flourish into this country. Photo Chinch Gryniewicz.

 

 

 

 

Russula cyanoxantha. Painted by Katrina Syme

 

Simon Judd checks for isopods under a jarrah stump.

 

 

Eucalyptus vesiculosa or Red-flowering moort has a very limited distribution. Restoration work has protected exiting stands and expanded the populations of this beautiful eucalypt. Photo Jiri Lochman.

 

 

This map of the remaining vegetation in SW Western Australia shows the connected bushland and the habitat gaps across Gondwana Link. Here is our best opportunity to relink ecosystems from east to west.

 

The range of flowers in the Manypeaks varied vegetation systems is astounding. This yellow Pimelea in the heathlands and scrubby mallee waves around in the wind and catches your attention.

 

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos love the Marri nuts. They hold the nuts in one claw and uses their very strong beaks to extract the seeds.

 

Cropping and running stock occurs across much of the Manypeaks region. This is a canola crop.

 

One of the many beautiful eucalypts that grow in the link. Photo Katie Syme.

 

This is an example of the heathlands found in parts of the region. Low shrubs with emerging Banksia coccinea - the scarlet banksia.

 

Humidicutis viridimagentea. Painted by Katrina Syme.

 

Noongar women visiting Nowanup. There are four generations from one family in the image. Gondwana Link strives to give the traditional owner the opportunity to use and manage country. Photo Amanda Keesing

 

National Tree day volunteers in our first year. Gondwana Link is many groups and individuals working together to achieve a shared vision.

 

Farmland north of the Stirling Range. People and their businesses are part of the landscape. Photo Amanda Keesing.

 

Aerial view showing the bushland and revegetation on the property Yarrabee at the base of the Stirling Range. Photo David Freudenberger.

 

 

There are some weird and wacky plants in the region - here is one of them. Acacia glaucoptera. Photo Amanda Keesing.

 

This cute honey possum needs nectar all year round. This means that in it's habitat something is flowering at all times of the year. Photo Amanda Keesing.

 

 

Some birds can fly long distances over disturbed areas. Others like the blue wren will only fly a few meters across cleared spaces. So habitat connectivity is different for different species. Photo Raana Scott.

 

Some of the many and varied fungi to be found across Gondwana Link. Photo Katrina Syme

 

 

The stunning Splendid Wren does not like to fly across cleared areas - it likes bush patches close together. Photo Shaun Welsh.

 

Restoration on Yarrabee just east of the Stirlings. Some locals feel this land and neighbouring blocks should never have been cleared as they are agriculturally low productivity. Gondwana Link are delighted to return the property to nature.

 

 

Environmental supporters. Photo: Amanda Keesing

 

Photo: AK

 

Lotterywest present a cheque to support the Knowledge Connection project, 2006. Photo: Amanda Keesing

 

Photo: Pam Lumsden

 

Gondwana Link receive a donation raised in New York through G'Day USA, 2007, arranged through The Nature Conservancy and delivered by their then CEO Steve McCormack.

 

Groups get together in the Porongurups, 2014. Photo Simon Neville

 

Here is the same place 9 years later. Photo Amanda Keesing.

 

Groups at 2009 forum in Denmark. Photo Basil Schur