Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Rosemont

Mikla Lewis and Wayne Lavers own and manage Rosemont, a sanctuary situated approximately 70 km south of Forbes, NSW, and about 10 km from Weddin Mountains National Park. The property is a residence and wildlife sanctuary used for grazing and cropping, and is currently in the process of obtaining a Voluntary Conservation Agreement with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Mikla and Wayne aim to revegetate the existing areas of bushland on the property. The property is registered as a WIRES wildlife release site. Mikla and Wayne are also members of the Grassy Box Woodlands Conservation Management Network and the NPWS Conservation Partners Program.

The property covers 104 hectares and features 14 dams, which are all bordered by livestock exclusion fences. Dominant vegetation species present include white box (Eucalyptus albens), grey box (Eucalyptus microcarpa), mugga ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon), red stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha) and black (Callitris endlicheri) and white cypress (Callitris columellaris).

Mikla and Wayne have identified 165 species of native plants, 91 birds, 9 mammals, 14 reptiles and 17 butterflies on the sanctuary. Among these are the superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), grey-crowned babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis), short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), yellow-footed antechinus (Antechinus flavipes), eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and swamp (Wallabia bicolor) wallaby. Reptiles found on the property include eastern long-necked turtles (Chelodina longicollis), eastern brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis), lace monitors (Varanus varius), eastern bearded dragons (Pogona barbata), and numerous skinks.