The most meaningful legacy we can leave our children and grandchildren is a healthy, biodiverse environment.

Biodiversity Legacy offers a pioneering approach to protecting land for future generations and engaging regional communities in environmental stewardship.

Supporting the land conservation movement

Empowering landholders and regional communities to become active protectors of our natural heritage is key to preventing habitat loss and minimising the effects of climate change.

Property owners, land managers, Traditional Owners and local groups are stepping up their efforts to restore biodiversity within their local landscapes. More people want to get involved, but there are barriers to participation, particularly for young people, and ongoing concerns about what happens to the land when the owners or manager can no longer look after it.

Biodiversity Legacy was formed to fill this gap. We provide a safe ownership structure for the long-term protection of land and support the creation of community biolinks to restore ecological connectivity. For nature. For people. For purpose.


Established in 2022, Biodiversity Legacy (BDL) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting a groundswell of individuals, communities and organisations who want to protect biodiversity and ensure the equitable transfer of land to future generations.

Working across all states and all land tenures, BDL supports individuals and groups with information, legal assistance and governance to (1) protect land in perpetuity and ensure it is not resold on the private market, and (2) establish community-governed landholding entities that operate independently at local scales with stewardship arrangements that foster partnerships and collaboration.


Biodiversity Legacy collaborates with landholders, families, community groups, investors and government agencies and others to secure properties and enable long-term, community-led stewardship.

We also work with established organisations across private land conservation sector to create a stronger movement, fill gaps and expand the amount of land protected.

We also support regional visions for biodiversity and employ biolink coordinators to identify properties and bring communities together to protect them.


According to a 2024 Biodiversity Council report, 95% of Australians believe governments have a duty of care in protecting nature for future generations. But with over 60% of all land privately owned or managed, there’s only so much they can do. With 90% of threatened species found on private land, long-term biodiversity protection relies on the involvement, knowledge and leadership of private landowners.

Ned’s Forest founder, Julie Mills, is one of thousands of citizens who understand this. “If, as Australians, we wish to maintain connectivity of habitat so species can move across the landscape, we must protect small but important tracts of bushland. We don’t need to own the land, it becomes a pathway where the community band together to campaign and raise funds to protect the places they love.

“We are calling on people who are in the position to make financial contributions to the protection of biodiversity for future generations.”

Photos – top: Autumn heath-blue butterfly (Neolucia bollami) and photo back with thanks to Jean & Fred Hort.


The work we do would not be possible without the generous support of the Rendere Environmental Trust and legal firm Maddocks.

The Maddocks team, led by Paul Ellis and Sophie Edgar, has been fundamental in assisting us in developing our model.

They share their expertise in a way that is translatable, supportive and empowering for us and all the community groups we work with.