Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Myhayven

Jenny Cee is the owner of Myhayven, a property located in Taralga, approximately 50km North of Goulburn.  The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary also managed as a nature retreat and farm stay, with a few sheep and alpacas being run in the paddocks.  It is Jenny’s intent to combine management for conservation with her current tourism operation and ensure protection for wildlife on her land in perpetuity.  The latter of these intentions is largely embodied by a Voluntary Conservation Agreement signed with Robyn Parker, the former NSW Environment Minister, which protects the majority of the sanctuary.

The sanctuary covers 80 hectares, predominantly comprised of two vegetation types: Tablelands Basalt Forest (dominated by narrow-leaved peppermints (Eucalyptus radiata)); and Snow Gum-Mountain Gum tussock grass-herb forest (dominated by snow gums (E. paucliflora)).  Snow grass-Kangaroo grass-Sheep’s Burr grassland (dominated by Snow grass (Poa sieberiana)) also occurs, alongside a wide range of native orchids and plants that have been identified, an example of which lies in the EPBC and TSC Act listed buttercup doubletail orchid (Diuris aequalis).

Wildlife known to be present on Myhayven include gang-gang cockatoos (Callocephalon fimbriatum), powerful owls (Ninox strenua), ring-tailed (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and brush-tailed (Trichosurus vulpecula) possums, 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).