Ken and Beverley Rumsby is the owner of Buckombil, a property located in Meerschaum Vale, approximately 20km Southwest of Ballina, New South Wales. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary which is also used for recreation and wildlife rehabilitation. Buckombil is under a Registered Property Agreement through the Native Vegetation Act, 1997 as well as being part of the Land for Wildlife program through Ballina Shire Council. It is Ken’s intent to protect Buckombil from development and enhance the sanctuary’s ability to regenerate and support wildlife.
The sanctuary covers 6.1 hectares, approximately 4.4 hectares of which is a section of remnant ‘Big Scrub’ native vegetation. The majority of the bush displays features of both dry and subtropical rainforest, with the dominance of either dependent on the topography and aspect of the land.
A bush regenerator who works on Buckombil has listed 6 species of bird, 4 mammals and 3 reptiles as being present on the sanctuary. Among these are swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) and satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus).