Projects

We bought this land as it was run down and need of love. It is also a stunningly beautiful location. So from the very start we have aimed to undertake projects to support the local flora and fauna. We have learnt that the key to this work being sustainable is to pace ourselves, particularly in summer. With this in mind, this will be a slowly evolving undertaking.

At any one time we are working on one or more projects depending on what needs doing at that particular time.
Please scroll down to see what we are up to.

Degraded Land

Projects

Increased Biodiversity

The boxes below  shows the various wildlife work currently being done or planned to be undertaken here. 

Regeneration of Angophora trees at Heron Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
When we came to this property it had very little tree cover. Thankfully on the southern boundary there was a patch of angophoras regenerating naturally. Apart from along the creek, it was the only place on the property with a variety of wildlife, particularly small birds such as finches and wrens. This biodiversity was helped by a regenerating stand of native vegetation on the adjoining property which links our regenerative area with the creek at the base of the property. The regenerating stand of angophoras on our place had a lot of lantana in the understory. The worst of this ...
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Rainforest Revegetation at Heron Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
Most of Heron Hill had been cleared of native vegetation as a result of farming activities. Unlike the Angophora Regeneration area where we have had to do little planting, natural regeneration was not viable anywhere else on the property and we have employed a revegetation approach. We have been planting trees around our dam, in the coridoor we are establishing and other areas around the property. We have either germinated and grown trees in pots ourselves or obtained tubestock from a native plant nursery. This strategy has been to maximise biodiversity in our plantings. The diagram that accompanies this text ...
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Wildlife Dam Project
The dam project was conceived after a couple of years of observing a natural spring down near the natural regeneration area. This perenially wet area was both notoriously boggy and weedy, especially in relation to a Singapore Daisy infestation. This environmental weed is now gone and the dam sits in its place. With its close proximity to both the natural regeneration area and the revegetation corridor, in association with the dam plantings, we expect that it will be wonderful wildlife habitat in the coming years. There are already a lot of frogs living around the dam, including a recently new ...
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Nesting Boxes Project
When doing some renovations on the house here we unwittingly evicted a family of microbats who were living behind some rotting window framing. We collected the disorientated bats up and placed them in a dark protected corner of a shed so they could wait out the day. The microbat family found another roost and the bats we see around the house each night are probably the same family. Nonetheless, we felt a bit guilty about the accidental eviction and so the first nesting box put in was a microbat box. The other nesting boxes we have put in here are ...
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Riparian Zone project
Our riparian zone is in a bit of a sorry state. The original vegetation was almost completely removed. There is a smattering of vegetation along the creek edge which is mainly Lantana, Jacarandas and Acacias. The bank itself is falling in in places resulting in a two to three meter drop. The images below provide an illustration of its current condition. We are hoping to start the rehabilitation of our creek bank in late 2021. Riparian Zone 2020 ...
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Native Species Lists
Please note that these native species lists are ongoing and incomplete as we are not experts in identifying all the creatures that share our land, particularly the insects. Plant Species Red cedar (Toona ciliate) Celerywood (Polyscias elegans) Native Tamarind (Diploglottis australis) Brown Tamarind (Castanospora alphanndii) Blackbean (Castanospermum austral) Silky oak (Grevillia robusta) Pink Euodia (Melicope elleryana) Butterfly Bush (Pavetta australiensis) Native Mulberry (Pipturus argenteus) Macaranga (Macaranga tanarius) Brown Kurrajong (Commersonia bartramia) Flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) Deciduous fig (Ficus superba) Sandpaper fig (Ficus fraseri) Moreton bay fig (Ficus macrophylla) Small leaved fig (Ficus obliqua) Wheel of fire (Stenocarpus sinuatis) Wild Quince ...
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Heron Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Projects Map
Water is life! This project was not initially part of the larger Corridor Project. However, it became clear to us that a dam placed at the south-western edge of the wildlife corridor we are planting would add considerable ecological value. The dam was constructed in November 2020, just before a very wet summer and autumn. October 2020 - Before Dam Construction April 2021 ...
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