biodiversity project

Budgerum

Restore and protect grasslands in the Victorian Riverina, enhancing habitats for threatened species like the Plains Wanderer and Carpet Python.

Developer

Wilderlands

Location

Australia

Area size

80 ha

Project duration

Permanent

Credit name

Wilderlands - Biological Diversity Unit

$ 3.50 USD

One unit represents protection of 1 m2 land permanently.
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PROJECT INFORMATION

Budgerum

In the heart of the Victorian Riverina, one of the most productive areas of agriculture in Australia and only 250 kilometres north of Melbourne, lies Budgerum, a farming district of flat, grassy plains alongside the Avoca River. Grassland communities are some of the most highly threatened ecosystems on the planet, with grassland reserves being reduced to small, fragmented patches across the landscape as land has been converted to agriculture. For this reason, protection of the remaining native grasslands across the Victorian Riverina is critical to the long-term survival of species that call this community their home. Examples of species dependent on these grassy ecosystems include the critically endangered Plains Wanderer and the nationally endangered Turnip Copperburr.

Budgerum Grasslands is a 90-hectare grassland and grassy woodland sanctuary of very high biodiversity, home to many threatened plants, including Chariot Wheels (Maireana cheelii), Bristly Love-grass (Eragrostis setifolia), Long Eryngium (Eryngium paludosum), the endangered Veined Peppercress (Lepidium phlebopetalum), Umbrella Wattle (Acacia oswaldii) and the rare Bush Minuria (Minuria cunninghamii).

Legal protection via a conservation covenant with Trust for Nature is only the first step in providing safety to the grasslands and the species that rely on them, with multiple threats needing to be addressed through careful and diligent land management. A conservation focus for this project is the recovery and security of the beautiful Carpet Python (Morelia spilota metcalfei).

Ecosystem

T4.5 Temperate subhumid grasslands T4.4 Temperate woodlands

MRV

Mixed

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SDGs

15. Life on Land

13. Climate Action

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GBF Targets

2: Restoration

4: Extinction

3: Conservation

6: Alien species

8: Climate change

22: Solutions / Inclusion

REPORTING

Ecosystem Services

Genetic material

Global climate regulation

Nursery population and habitat maintenance

Soil and sediment retention

Soil quality regulation

REPORTING

Species

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Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus victoriae)

Bush Minuria

Carpet Python

Chariot Wheels

Desert Sneezeweed (Centipeda thespidioides)

Fat-tailed Dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata)

Grassland Bindweed (Convolvulus graminetinus)

Long Eryngium (Eryngium paludosum)

Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus)

Smooth Minuria (Minuria integerrima)

Striate Spike-sedge

Tree Goanna (Varanus varius)

Umbrella Wattle

Winged New Holland Daisy

Yakka Grass (Sporobolus caroli)

Developer

Wilderlands have developed one of the world's first voluntary biodiversity credits and launched a platform to make it easy for anyone to start protecting nature today. The Biological Diversity Unit (BDU) represents a 1sqm plot of permanently-protected and actively managed land in high ecological value projects across Australia.

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What are biodiversity credits?

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