The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Hotspot

We have partnered with Carbon Neutral to support their efforts to carry out large-scale revegetation of degraded farmlands. Every time you place an order on our website you are planting mixed native species in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor. 

Where and what is the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Hotspot?

The Yarra Yarra is one of only 35 global biodiversity hotspot. It is located in the northern wheatbelt region of southwest Australia (WA). These regions have an exceptionally high number of plant and animals species found nowhere else in the world. The label of biodiversity hotspot recognises that these plant, animals and ecosystems are at extreme risk of destruction.

In the small patches of vegetation that had survived the 20th century land clearing there is an amazing richness and diversity of plant and animal species. In 2014, in just two weeks of wildlife survey monitoring more than 450 species of flora, insects and birds were identified. This included 13 bird species of conservation significance as well as threatened species such as Malleefowl, Bush Stone-curlew, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Spiny-tailed Skink and the Woylie (Brush-tailed Bettong), as well as 30 species of conservation-significant native plants.

What happened?

This area of the Yarra Yarra was once vibrant with expansive woodlands of York gum and salmon gum trees. In the early 1900’s european settlers cleared more than 97% of the vegetation to farm. Due to this clearing, the landscape is not suitable for traditional agriculture. There are problems with the soil that is increasingly uneconomic to farm in a drying climate.

Why is it so important?

Woodlands and forests play a crucial role in cleaning and cooling the air. Their many gifts to humanity include acting as natural water pumps to reduce soil salinity. These green pockets reduce erosion from wind and water, recycle nutrients for agriculture and support habitats for wildlife. The planting in the Yarra Yarra is part of a plan to link small patches of remaining vegetation and 12 nature reserves to create a green corridor. This revegetation work supports local businesses and employs local people, including workers from Aboriginal communities. Activities such as sandal wood production and beekeeping are being developed to support the planting. There are also plans for bush tucker and eco-cultural tourism industries as well.