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

Landowners and environmental groups around Australia are stepping up efforts to restore local ecosystems and strengthen biolinks for native species.

To support them and encourage more people to get involved in land conservation, we need to remove barriers to participation and provide new pathways to those who are passionate about actively protecting the landscapes they love. One of those barriers is knowing what will happen to the land long-term and who will 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. Learn more below.

ABOUT US

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.

WHO WE WORK WITH

Biodiversity Legacy collaborates with landholders, families, community groups, investors, government agencies and others to secure properties and enable long-term, community-led stewardship. We also work with established organisations across the private land conservation sector to fill gaps and expand the amount of land protected.

To support regional visions for biodiversity and support those already doing great work on the ground, we also employ biolink coordinators to connect activities.

A SHARED COMMITMENT

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 landholders who understand this. She says, “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: Meadow Argus butterflies by Jean and Fred Hort. Photo behind also with thanks to Jean & Fred Hort.

OUR SUPPORTERS

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, have 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.