Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Blaxland Creek

Douglas Wiltshire is the owner of Blaxland Creek, a property situated in Blaxland Creek, approximately 28km south of Grafton, New South Wales. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation site as well as a site for recreation. Douglas intends to utilize the property for passive recreation such as camping in the future, and also plans to improve the natural values of the area by eradicating lantana and controlling wild dogs. The property is registered with Land for Wildlife and is currently in the process of registration for permanent protection under the Biodiversity Conservation Trust.

The property is situated between Koukandowie Nature Reserve to the east and a National Park on the west, with sandstone escarpments bordering both sides. The 58 hectare property is intersected by Koukandowie Creek. A full botanical survey has been carried out on the property; however a recent bushfire in the region has burnt around 50% of vegetation on the property and 1000ha of surrounding bushland.

Wildlife known to inhabit the property includes koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), brush-tailed rock wallabies (Petrogale penicillata), long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta), dingoes (Canis dingo), lace monitors (Varanus varius) and various reptiles.

Birdlife is abundant and includes yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), wonga pigeons (Leucosarcia melanoleuca), eastern whipbirds (Psophodes olivaceus), bell miners (Manorina melanophrys), eastern (Platycercus eximius) and crimson (Platycercus elegans) rosellas, rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) and a range of robins, flycatchers, finches and honeyeaters.