Conserving Victoria’s outback jewel
It’s not only the largest freehold property in Victoria, it’s also the largest private conservation reserve in the State. Neds Corner is an important part of Victoria’s conservation and cultural landscape.
Situated in the Mallee region, along the Murray River in north-west Victoria, this sprawling 30,000 hectare property was bought by Trust for Nature in 2002.
Neds is home to more than 1000 species, including 77 threatened plants, 24 reptiles and 112 types of birds. Researchers have found 21 species not previously known to science. Among its many wonders is a new species of daisy for Victoria. The large Hard-head Daisy is symbolic of the rich diversity of plants and animals that call Neds home. Other finds include a population of the nationally threatened Growling Grass Frog and a new species of fungus.
Neds has had a dramatic recovery since 2002. What were bare sand hills and hard, compacted plains are now being planted with saltbush and bluebush vegetation.
This work has been led by Trust for Nature property managers supported by project partners, staff and volunteers. We have removed stock, carried out extensive rabbit control and large-scale revegetation with direct seeding and planting thousands of seedlings across the property.
"It is a very special place and we hope to leave a legacy of best practice conservation management for forthcoming generations to enjoy," said Peter Barnes, Manager of Neds Corner Station.
“It is a very special place and we hope to leave a legacy of best practice conservation management for forthcoming generations to enjoy”