Conservation through Collaboration
The west coast of the Eyre Peninsula showcases a diverse range of natural assets: from sweeping coastlines with rugged cliffs, windswept beaches and sheltered coastal bays to wetlands, majestic gum tree woodlands and huge expanses of mallee. This variety of habitats gives rise to a unique suite of flora and fauna species, many of which are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else on Earth. It is this landscape that the WildEyre project aims to protect for generations to come.
WildEyre is an ambitious, landscape-scale, biodiversity conservation project on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia commencing through the development of a strong partnership between non-government organisations and state agencies.
The WildEyre project area comprises 1.2 million hectares recognised as an area of state and national significance in terms of biodiversity conservation. It is a focus area for The Wilderness Society’s WildCountry Program and the State Government’s NatureLinks Program. The area includes the coastal townships of Sheringa, Elliston and Kiana in the south, and Streaky Bay in the north, and extends inland to include the large Wilderness Protection Areas of Hincks and Hambidge. The region contains some of the largest, intact and largely contiguous areas of bushland in SA’s agricultural districts and supports nationally threatened plant and animal species.
- Ecological objectives and conservation strategies refined and finalised between key conservation groups
- Increased capacity to leverage external investment from the private sector and engage regional stakeholders in a landscape conservation vision
- Improved indigenous engagement and consultation in landscape conservation
- Establishment of baseline site data to prioritise regionally threatened bushland areas for protection, quantify ecosystem health and monitor and evaluate future landscape restoration activities
- Increased capacity to undertake strategically planned, large-scale, on-ground restoration works
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