Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / VIC / Tumbly Downs

Barry and Dawn Angus are the owners of Tumbly Downs, a property situated in Newstead, approximately 50km south of Bendigo, Victoria. The property is a wildlife sanctuary and release site for rehabilitated macropods. Barry and Dawn wish to protect the land for its resident wildlife and their habitat and are pursuing opportunities to covenant and donate the property to preserve it into the future.

Tumbly Downs spans 8 hectares of native grassland backing onto state forest to the north. The land features several old-growth trees and two large dams. Native vegetation is largely comprised of manna (Eucalyptus viminalis) and yellow box (Eucalyptus melliodora) woodland, with an understory of native wattles and other shrubby foliage.

A wide range of wildlife is found on the property including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), microbats, eastern blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides) and jacky dragons (Amphibolurus muricatus).

Birdlife is varied and abundant, and includes little eagles (Hieraaetus morphnoides), wattlebirds, honeyeaters and a wide range of native finches.