Odonata is a not-for-profit entity supporting biodiversity impact solutions. Founded in 2017 by Nigel Sharp, we create, support, nurture and empower businesses and entrepreneurs to move towards a more environmentally sustainable world.
Healthy biodiversity, including our soils, is critical to our daily lives and long term survival. We believe that by demonstrating the economic benefits of investing in biodiversity, we’ll create a more sustainable planet where people can thrive. Business is a major tool for positive biodiversity, climate and social impact, and key to inspiring Australians to live a healthy life in harmony with nature.
As a biodiversity and threatened species manager, innovator and advisor, Odonata have the know-how and networks to influence impact investment funds. Our knowledge, trust and reputation have led to strategic collaborations with universities, businesses and NGOs – ultimately delivering results.
Located at Dundonnell, north-east of Mortlake, is Mt Rothwell’s sister property Tiverton. At 900 ha Tiverton is twice the size of Mt Rothwell and has been fenced by a 6 foot high feral proof fence with the intention to exclude foxes, cats, hares and rabbits. Tiverton will supersede Mt Rothwell in becoming Victoria’s largest feral predator-free conservation reserve.
Also located on the Victorian Volcanic Plains, Tiverton is located in stony rise country with wetlands that support many water birds including Brolgas, which are vulnerable in Victoria. The site has historically been managed as low stocking sheep grazing site. The sheep grazing has since intensified however is being undertaken using the model of cell crash grazing with the intention to diversify the grassland plain.
Sheoak Hill Glenmore is a 552 ha former cropping and grazing property nestled between the Brisbane Ranges National Park and the Werribee Gorge State Park in the Rowsley Valley. The goal of the Sheoak Hill project is to re-establish a link between the two parks through managing existing vegetation, controlling weeds and rabbits and revegetating both the alluvial flats as well as the shallow and highly erodible hillsides.
It is an ambitious project that, since March 2017, has seen more than 300km of direct seeding, thousands of hours of rabbit control work and significant progress made on invasive weeds such as Serrated Tussock and African Boxthorn. 7,500+ native trees and shrubs will be planted in 2019 to compliment the 27,443 planted in 2018. This will go a long way to reforming this important corridor for threatened wildlife such as Swift Parrots and Brush-tailed Phascogales.