Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / SA / Oceanview

Tim and Tamsin Wendt are the owners of Oceanview, a property situated in Nepean Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The property is a wildlife-friendly sanctuary also used for wildlife rehabilitation, agriculture and tourism. Tim and Tamsin intend to maintain the property for these purposes whilst revegetating areas to provide habitat for native fauna and released wildlife. The owners wish to maintain a balance between sustainable farming practices and the preservation of native species.

The property covers approximately 200 hectares consisting of pastures interconnected with native vegetation corridors.  The property features natural springs and creeklines as well as a north-facing coastline overlooking Nepean Bay. The owners are currently revegetating areas of the property using seeds collected from existing native vegetation stands.

Vegetation is largely comprised of native grass species, Kangaroo Island grass trees (Xanthorrhoea semiplana tateana), red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), sugar gum (Eucalyptus cladocalyx), pink gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa) and narrow leaf mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia).

An abundance of wildlife is also present including Kangaroo Island kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus fugilinosus), tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Rosenberg’s monitors (Varanus rosenbergi), black tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus) and pygmy copperhead snakes (Austrelaps labialis).

A wide range of birdlife is also present including wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster), nankeen kestrels (Falco cenchroides), peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) and black-shouldered kites (Elanus caeruleus).