Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Scotshire Farm

Scott and Shireen Moretto are the owners of Scotshire Farm, a property located in Leeton, approximately 120km northwest of Wagga Wagga, NSW. The property is a residence and dedicated wildlife sanctuary, and also houses two donkeys and a horse. Scott and Shireen intend to continue maintaining the property as a wildlife refuge by preserving the native habitat present.

The sanctuary covers approximately 0.93 hectares of arid land bordered on all sides by livestock exclusion fences. Originally a barren landscape, the property now features approximately 200 eucalypts and emerging native grasses. Above-ground ponds have also been placed on the property to supply water for wildlife.

Wildlife present on the property includes eastern blue tongue lizards (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides), eastern bearded dragons (Pogona barbata), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus) and a variety of skinks, snakes, bats and native bees.

The property also houses a wide range of birdlife including crimson (Platycercus elegans), eastern (Platycercus eximus) and yellow rosellas (Platycercus elegans flaveolus), scarlet (Petroica boodang) and red-capped robins (Petroica goodenovii), swift parrots (Lathamus discolor), tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides), brown thornbills (Acanthiza pusilla), black kites (Milvus migrans), red-rumped parrots (Psephotus haematonotus), Australian white ibises (Threskiornis moluccus), sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), barn owls (Tyto alba), silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis), galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla), Major Mitchell cockatoos (Lophochroa leadbeateri) and cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus), as well as brown-headed (Melithreptus brevirostris), grey-headed (Ptilotula keartlandi) and blue-faced honeyeaters (Entomyzon cyanotis).