Conservation Reserves

During the course of their early work in the 1990’s, the River Conservation Society (R.C.S.) became aware that many crown reserve areas of bushland in the York region were not actively managed.

woman and man standing in pink and white everlasting wildflowers, trees in background
September wildflower walk Mt Bakewell Reserve

The R.C.S. applied for permission to care for several of the reserves, with the purpose of retaining and restoring natural habitat and facilitating landscape connectivity. In 2004, after much negotiation between the R.C.S, the Shire of York and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, the R.C.S. was given permission to care for ten crown reserves for the purpose of “Conservation and Landscape Protection”.

Bushland, trees, rocks
Bushland, Qualen Road York

The R.C.S. Reserves Committee is currently reassessing the ten reserves to see what work needs to be done for future rehabilitation and protection. As each reserve is assessed the updated information will be added to its page.

Yellow cowslip orchids amongst green grass, tree trunk in background
Cowslip Orchids (Caladenia flava sp.) Oswald Sargent Reserve, York