Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Glen Eden

Aki Green and Marg Wetsteyn are the owners Glen Eden, a property located approximately 70 km from Glen Innes, New South Wales, purchased with the intent of use as a conservation education block and small-scale farm.  They are allowing the land to naturally regenerate and have received funding for feral monitoring and control, weed monitoring and control, maintenance of existing firetrails, and fencing stock out of wetlands and riparian areas.

The sanctuary covers approximately 851.6 hectares and consists of bushland with the remaining areas pasture with scattered trees and regrowth. Habitat types are diverse encompassing montane wetlands (ephemeral), heaths, eucalyptus and casuarina woodlands and vegetation associated with granite outcrops. Significant species present include the Narrow goodenia (Goodenia macbarronii), Torrington pea (Almaleea cambagei), Tenterfield eyebright (Euphrasia orthochelia) and Rupp’s wattle (Acacia ruppii).

There are mound springs on the sanctuary, which provide a permanent water source, along with ephemeral springs.  One of the three small dams on the property feeds is spring fed. Wildlife present includes eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), common wallaroos (Macropus robustus), swamp (Wallabia bicolor), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and whiptail wallabies (Macropus parryi) along with a variety of frogs, snakes, lizards and microbats. The sanctuary also features a wide variety of bird species including Southern boobooks (Ninox boobook), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), sacred kingfishers (Todiramphus sanctus), powerful owls (Ninox strenua), glossy black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami), hooded robins (Melanodryas cucullata), barking owls (Ninox connivens), and brown treecreepers (Climacteris picumnus).

The sanctuary is part of a larger habitat area forming a flora and fauna corridor with Torrington State Conservation Area, which the property borders most of its northern boundary.