‘Creating something bigger’: how one couple used their family legacy to save a rare Tasmanian reserve

‘Creating something bigger’: how one couple used their family legacy to save a rare Tasmanian reserve

Bruce and Ann McGregor used a bequest of $1.6m from Bruce’s late father to buy Prosser River Reserve, protecting a diverse natural refuge

On a still morning on a hill at the back of Prosser River Reserve you can watch the mist settle on undisturbed native forest in the valley below while taking in a backdrop of mountains and the Tasman Sea.

You can listen as the gums overhead broadcast 20 varieties of birdsong – and, if you’re skilled or lucky, maybe catch sight of a rare bird in the canopy. Then you can walk down the ridge to Back River, where the giant old trees and threatened native flora lining the banks are like a throwback to pre-European times, with barely an invasive species in sight.

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