Lovell French is the owner of The Hill, a property located approximately 20km west of Burnie. The property is a chemical-free dedicated wildlife sanctuary and residence, and it is Lovell’s intent for The Hill to continue in these uses.
The sanctuary covers 40.2 hectares featuring gullies and dams, approximately 60% of which is natural wet sclerophyll bushland and the remainder cleared. Vegetation types include eucalypts, Tasmanian blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), treeferns, tea-tree, tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys), Tasmanian dogwood (Bedfordia salicina), cheesewood (Pittosporum bicolour), wattles (Acacia spp.), Tasmanian pepper (Tasmannia lanceolata), clematis, and native reeds and mosses.
Wildlife species known to occur on The Hill include blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua nigrolutea), burrowing crayfish (Engaeus spp.), tiger quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), eastern barred (Perameles gunnii) bandicoots, Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus), Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), bats, frogs and tadpoles, raptors, brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, numerous small birds and various snakes.