• Partner with four local landholders and Macintyre Ag Alliance through a grant Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action Grant to implement a multi-property approach to extend and improve bulloak jewel butterfly habitat.
    • Support the landholders to successfully balance conservation and rural livelihoods and agricultural production to restore butterfly habitat.
    • Undertake monitoring and research on the butterfly and ant in collaboration with leading entomologists including Dr Don Sand, who was part of the team that classified the bulloak jewel butterfly when it was discovered in the 1960s, and the University of Queensland.
    • Help facilitate a community education program for the Goondiwindi community to create awareness of this unique butterfly species and ecosystem found in their region.

    • Documented the ecological value of the privately held land.
    • The strategic location of the four properties facilitates the creation of ‘stepping stones’ (or stopovers) and potential new breeding and feeding grounds for the butterfly within a 4km radius of their current habitat in the Bendindee State Forest.
    • QTFN, along with butterfly experts and landowners, conducted an initial survey of the properties in October to assess existing and potential habitat for the butterfly and ant.
    • Developed a habitat score card to assess the habitat and design improvements, including new planting of bulloak trees, placement of hollow logs for the ants, and weed management.
    “After the rain at the start of 2020, I saw all of these butterflies on the Land for Wildlife block, including these little blue ones. When Don Sands confirmed they may be the endangered bulloak jewel butterfly I got in touch with QTFN to see what we could do. With their enthusiastic support and the grant, we are creating additional pockets of habitat on Bonyi with the right conditions for the butterfly and ant. We hope they come!”

    Viv Cranney, Owner, Bonyi

    • Department of Environment and Science
    • Macintrye Ag Alliance
    • University of Queensland
    • Local landholders
    • SEQ Landscapes

  • Partner with four local landholders and Macintyre Ag Alliance through a grant Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action Grant to implement a multi-property approach to extend and improve bulloak jewel butterfly habitat.
  • Support the landholders to successfully balance conservation and rural livelihoods and agricultural production to restore butterfly habitat.
  • Undertake monitoring and research on the butterfly and ant in collaboration with leading entomologists including Dr Don Sand, who was part of the team that classified the bulloak jewel butterfly when it was discovered in the 1960s, and the University of Queensland.
  • Help facilitate a community education program for the Goondiwindi community to create awareness of this unique butterfly species and ecosystem found in their region.

  • Documented the ecological value of the privately held land.
  • The strategic location of the four properties facilitates the creation of ‘stepping stones’ (or stopovers) and potential new breeding and feeding grounds for the butterfly within a 4km radius of their current habitat in the Bendindee State Forest.
  • QTFN, along with butterfly experts and landowners, conducted an initial survey of the properties in October to assess existing and potential habitat for the butterfly and ant.
  • Developed a habitat score card to assess the habitat and design improvements, including new planting of bulloak trees, placement of hollow logs for the ants, and weed management.
“After the rain at the start of 2020, I saw all of these butterflies on the Land for Wildlife block, including these little blue ones. When Don Sands confirmed they may be the endangered bulloak jewel butterfly I got in touch with QTFN to see what we could do. With their enthusiastic support and the grant, we are creating additional pockets of habitat on Bonyi with the right conditions for the butterfly and ant. We hope they come!”

Viv Cranney, Owner, Bonyi

  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Macintrye Ag Alliance
  • University of Queensland
  • Local landholders
  • SEQ Landscapes