Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Annwyn

Greg and Jenny Hajek are the owners of Annwyn, a property located approximately 50km south of Goulburn, NSW. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary used for education and wildlife rehabilitation, as well as being a country retreat for retirement and personal enjoyment. Greg and Jenny are members of the Southern Tablelands Branch of WIRES, and it is their intent to continue to plant native vegetation to attract wildlife generally and to develop the wetland area further by introducing suitable vegetation to the area.

The sanctuary covers 9.48 hectares of gentle undulating native bushland featuring a combination of open grasslands, thick eucalypt woodlands, outcrops of granite boulders with a scattering of black wattles and melaleuca. The land also features a long corridor of tea tree providing shelter to a range of animals and birdlife. On the lower side of the property a former farm dam provides the basis for a natural wetland, home to an array of native amphibians. Since settling on this property in 2000 Greg and Jenny have developed a small portion of the acreage as a home paddock and have planted a variety of bird attracting native vegetation. Predominant vegetation types present include various eucalypts, tea trees (Leptospermum spp.), black wattles (Acacia mearnsii), native grasses, lomandra and melaleuca species.

An abundance of wildlife species are known to occur on Annwyn, including red-bellied black (Pseudechis porphyriacus) and eastern brown (Pseudonaja textilis)snakes, various frog populations, eastern long-neck turtles (Chelodina longicollis), eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and swamp (Wallabia bicolor) wallabies, bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), king (Alisterus scapularis) and superb (Polytelis swainsonii) parrots, crimson (Platycercus elegans) and eastern (Platycercus eximius) rosellas, rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus), kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla), noisy miners (Manorina melanocephala), microbats, ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps).