Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / NSW / Spenser and Pauline’s Property

Spenser and Pauline Wilson are the owners of a property situated in Doonbah, approximately 6km northwest of Evans Head, New South Wales. The property is a residence and wildlife-friendly sanctuary. With the increasing removal of vegetation in the region, the owners wish to conserve and restore habitat on the property. Their work will support a population of feathertail gliders on the land and contribute to a wildlife corridor linking the Bundjalung and Broadwater National Parks.

The property spans 3 hectares and features a dam as well as a small creek running along the boundary of the block. Vegetation is characterised as open eucalypt woodland with a mid-story of banksias and other native plants. The owners wish to revegetate the property with seedstock from kangaroo grass (Themeda australis) growing on neighbouring lands.

Wildlife is abundant and includes koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), feathertail gliders (Acrobates pygmaeus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), lace monitors (Varanus varius), long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta) and various microbats.

A range of birdlife is also present including yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Zanda funerea), southern boobooks (Ninox boobook), white-headed pigeons (Columba leucomela), superb fairywrens (Malurus cyaneus), straw-necked ibises (Threskiornis spinicollis), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), red wattlebirds (Anthochaera carunculata), blue-faced honeyeaters (Entomyzon cyanotis), eastern ospreys (Pandion haliaetus cristatus), masked lapwings (Vanellus miles) and many more.