"Blackwillow Station" and the associated "Hill Top" are two distinct adjoining properties with similar biodiversity covering more than 1,240Ha [3,060 Acres]. The average altitude is 750M [2,400FT] above Sea level with the majority facing to the North approximately 40KM South West of the town of Mudgee.
Although historically grazed by sheep and cattle, the current owner is looking to continue the reversal of industrial Agriculture and end virtually all grazing in preference of improving the already diverse range of birds, reptiles, trees, plants and shrubs present on the property.
None of the site has ever been mechanically ploughed.
There has never been a more critical time for the biodiversity of this community to be given private corporate support so it can survive the impact of particularly Climate Change and prior land use in Australia.
It is estimated that less than 4% of this community still exists in in good condition in Australia, also it is habitat for at least 19 threatened species of birds, marsupials, grasses, trees and others.
The current owner continues a forty year tradition of preserving what nature has developed over millions of years, with various programs to increase biodiversity, such as allowing native re-vegetation, ending fertilizer use and progressively reducing stocking rates over the last twenty years.
The key long term management program which has been 'inter generational' is invasive weed and animal control.
Following on a fifty year weed control program "Blackwillow Station" and "Hill Top" are a rare example of 'original condition' vegetation communities in an almost totally weed free condition. This has not come about without substantial annual cost or effort, with the current owner investing hundreds of hours per year on eliminating seed spread from invasive weeds along with continuous feral animal control. These programs are to be expanded in association with a Corporate partner.
For a recent Weed Inspection Report, please click here and a managment benchmark update, please click here.
An aggressive re-capitalisation plan is envisaged to manage the site to best biodiversity outcomes, this includes bush fire management plant and equipment, weed control contractors, invasive animal contractors, service equipment for weed control and general maintenance.
The owner has identified these primary species, which approximately include:
- White Box - Eucalyptus albens
- Yellow Box - Eucalyptus melliodora
- Blakelys Red Gum - Eucalyptus blakelyi
- Tumbledown Gum - Eucalyptus dealbata
- Red Stringybark - Eucalyptus machroryncha
- Red Box - Eucalyptus polyanthemus
- Red Ironbark, Mugga - Eucalyptus sideroxylon
- Long Leaved Box - Eucalyptus goniocalyx
- Long Leaved Box - Eucalyptus nortonii
- Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneum
- Callitris (Black and White)
- She Oak
- Rough Bark Apple
- Acacia spp
- Hop Bush
- Kangaroo Grass
- Red Grass
- Red Anther
- Lomandra spp
- Hairy Panic
- Spear Grass
- Blue Bell
- Native Leek [Bulbine binosa]
- Cassinia spp
- Sticky Daisy [Olearia elliptica]
- Blackwillow Wattle [Acacia vestita - Weeping Boree]
- Egg and Bacon
- Needle Bush
- Willow Herb
If you are an entity looking to promote Biodiversity, halt species loss and offset the impact of modern business practice please contact the owner to discuss your needs, in total confidence.
Mudgee - Australia 2850
Phone: +612 637245706