Ngulambarra (formerly Pearson)

Building a habitat biolink and restoring native grasses

Ngulambarra is located north of Wedderburn in Central Victoria. It is a 340-hectare property that forms part of the Wychitella biolink.

In an area previously cleared for farming, Greenfleet is now working with the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Dja Dja Wurrung people, and Cassinia Environmental to revegetate the property with native trees and grasses.

By working with the Traditional Owners on this project, we are creating vegetation links across this country that will provide habitat for wildlife in the region and help restore biodiversity on the property.

In 2020, Greenfleet planted across 114 hectares of this property with 13,000 native seedlings and 60kg of native seeds. These trees will grow to restore the native ecosystem in the area and increase overall biodiversity and resilience. Work will resume in 2021 to continue the conservation effort by revegetating additional parts of the property.

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As well as the reforestation work we are undertaking, other activities are being completed to assist in the area’s restoration. In many parts of Central Victoria, there is an issue with the introduced Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta), which is an aggressive pest.

One solution to this problem is to individually stab each cactus with a herbicide so that they are unable to spread further. While it may sound like an unusual practice, cactus stabbing plays an important part in ensuring the native tree species we plant in the area have the best chance of survival.

Some of the native species we’ve planted at Ngulambarra so far include Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora), Varnish Wattle (Acacia verniciflua) and Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa). In 2021, additional parts of the property will be planted with native Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) and Yam Daisy (Myrnong).

Kangaroo grass is perennial, and its seeds can be harvested much like grain to be made into flour for products such as bread. As a native plant, it is resilient to drought and extreme variances in temperature, which is important in the Central Victorian climate. The seeds can also be used in a traditional ceremonial context and the Yam Daisy’s roots can be used as a vegetable in many dishes.

Another benefit that comes with the restoration of this ecosystem is creating habitat for many of the local wildlife species and reconnecting parts of the Wychitella Biolink. Some of the species known to the area include Lace monitors, Quolls and the vulnerable Mallee Fowl. Other native and endangered bird species can be found here as well, including Shy Heathwrens and Inland Thornbills.

The forest at Ngulambarra will be protected for the next 100 years to ensure that it can grow to its full potential and provide a wealth of environmental benefits to the region for decades to come.

You can read about another of our projects in the Wedderburn area at the Nardoo Hills Reserve, here

Location size

340 hectares in Central Victoria

Planting dates

2020, 2021

Species

  1. Acacia brachybotrya
  2. Acacia euthycarpa
  3. Acacia montana
  4. Acacia pycnantha
  5. Acacia verniciflua
  6. Allocasuarina luehmannii
  7. Allocasuarina muelleriana
  8. Allocasuarina verticillate
  9. Bursaria spinosa
  10. Cassinia aculeata
  11. Dodonea viscosa spp cuneata
  12. Eucalyptus behriana
  13. Eucalyptus leucoxylon
  14. Eucalyptus microcarpa
  15. Eucalyptus polybractea
  16. Eucalyptus viridis
  17. Myoporum paltycarpum
  18. Ozothamnus obcordatus