Bermagui landholder protects ancient survivors for the future

By NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust posted 07-06-2024 15:29


With bushfires and floods continuing to threaten the land and our communities, Ludo McFerran’s story is testimony to her hard work and dedication to conservation.

Nestled at the end of Benny Gowings Road, where the Murrah River winds through the south of Bermagui lies a true 100-acre wood, or rather a 40-hectare sanctuary of natural beauty.  

The river surrounds the block on both sides and is lined with huge river oak, river peppermint and bangalay trees and the occasional maiden’s gum. The gullies are full of ferns and cabbage trees and the hills are blanketed with monkey gum, iron bark, coast grey box and stringy bark.  

It’s a block Ludo bought back in in 1989, but a history of human intervention and neglect left Ludo with her fair share of challenges.

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