Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / SA / Sandra’s Refuge

Sandra Isobel Simon is the owner of a property situated in Adelaide Hills, approximately 10km south of Adelaide, South Australia. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and bush rehabilitation site, with Scott Simon, Joy-Anne Poppy and Glenn Giles assisting Sandra with the sanctuary’s maintenance. Sandra intends to restore the land’s original grassy woodland habitat by removing non-native trees and planting locally indigenous species.

The property covers 3.907 hectares close to Belair National Park. It consists of hilly and rocky land populated with grasses, woodland and introduced olive trees. Native vegetation is characterised as grassy woodland dominated by manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), yellow gum (E. leucoxylon), messmate (E. obliqua), sheoak (Casuarina spp.) and small flowering bushes including native orchids.

A wide range of wildlife are present including western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), eastern brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis), antechinuses and lizards. An abundance of birdlife is also found on the property.