Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Chough’s Roost

Baids McIntyre is the owner of Chough’s Roost, located 17km south of Tamworth. Baids is committed to conserving the plant and wildlife communities on the property, and has undertaken an extensive revegetation program to encourage the growth of native plants, and an increase in native fauna. Baids hopes to use the property for educational purposes in the future.

The sanctuary covers approximately 49 hectares bordering the Geenoo Geenoo Creek. It features softly undulating terrain with a slight escarpment that runs down to creek flats and contains a dam and lagoon. The vegetation is comprised of white (Eucalyptus albens) and yellow (E. melliodora) box eucalypts, native grasslands, an almost permanent creek bordered by she-oak (Allocasuarina spp.), and a diversity of smaller native plants and grasses.

The property provides habitat for well over 100 species of birds, as well as feathertail gliders (Acrobates pygmaeus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), and an abundance of reptiles including lace monitors (Varanus varius), eastern blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides), eastern brown (Pseudonaja textilis) and red-bellied black (Pseudechis porphyriacus) snakes, as well as various skinks and geckos.