Former Shark Bay sheep station becomes conservation treasure trove; David Weber & Christopher Lewis; ABC News

A former sheep station in Western Australia has become an internationally important conservation reserve, housing rare and threatened species as well as a huge range of stromatolites.

Hamelin Station, on the edge of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, stretches across more than 200,000 hectares and plays host to a range of endangered species, as well as the world’s oldest known life form.

Bush Heritage Australia now owns the former grazing property, where it has been ramping up conservation work to protect species under threat.

Spokeswoman Annette Ruzicka said the importance of the reserve was not widely appreciated.

“It’s habitat for several nationally threatened species such as the Hamelin Skink, which you only find here, nowhere else, the mallee fowl and the western grass wren. And there’s also a melting pot of plant biodiversity,” she said.

World’s most diverse stromatolite collection

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