Penny Bartholomew is the owner of Inner Views, a property located in Taralga, approximately 60km Northwest of Goulburn. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and it is Penny’s intent to protect the area for the future of local wildlife, while increasing habitat connectivity in concert with her neighbours – who are also Wildlife Land Trust members and additionally have Voluntary Conservation Agreements with the state Government.
The sanctuary covers 81 hectares, predominantly comprised of Tablelands Basalt Forest, dominated by narrow-leaved peppermints (Eucalyptus radiate). Inner Views is also considered habitat for the EPBC and TSC Act listed buttercup doubletail orchid (Diuris aequalis), which has been recorded on three adjoining properties. Numerous native orchids, forbs and herbs have been identified during surveys conducted by professional botanists and ecologists.
Wildlife known to be present on Inner Views includes gang-gang cockatoos (Callocephalon fimbriatum), powerful owls (Ninox strenua), ring-tailed (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and brush-tailed (Trichosurus vulpecula) possums, king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), superb fairy wrens (Malurus cyaneus), sugar gliders (Petarus breviceps), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) and four macropod species. The sanctuary contains potential habitat for threatened species identified on surrounding lands, such as the barking owl (Ninox connivens), scarlet robin (Petroica boodang), flame robin (P. phoenicea), varied sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera), eastern bentwing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis), greater broad-nosed bat (Scoteanax rueppellii) and squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis).