Yourka Reserve

Yourka Reserve is a 43,500–hectare nature reserve in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a former cattle station in the Einasleigh Uplands bioregion on the western edge of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site, 130 km south of Cairns, with the nearest town being Ravenshoe. It is owned and managed by Bush Heritage Australia (BHA), by which it was purchased in 2007.[1]

Landscape and vegetation

Yourka has a diverse topography and soils, ranging in altitude from 500 to 900 m asl with the highest and wettest land in the eastern part of the reserve. Its vegetation includes rainforest and wet eucalypt forest communities in the east, changing to drier eucalypt woodlands in the west. The upper Herbert River and various creeks flow through the property.[1]

Fauna

Threatened mammal species likely to be found on the property include the spotted-tail quoll, northern quoll, Semon's roundleaf bat, yellow-bellied glider and northern bettong. Birds include masked owl and red goshawk. A major management issue is the need to control feral animals.[1]

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