Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / VIC / Tyldwood

Barbara Morrow is the owner of Tyldwood, a property located in Wood End, approximately 75km north-west of Melbourne, Victoria. The property is predominately used as a residence and a wildlife refuge. Barbara is a registered wildlife rehabilitator (authorized by the DELWP) and runs an ongoing rescue and soft-release program from the property. Tyldwood provides a sanctuary for released wildlife free from recreational hunting, predation from cats or dogs and competition from livestock. Barbara has been rehabilitating wildlife (primarily eastern grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies) since 2008, and intends to continue using the property for these purposes.

Tyldwood covers approximately 16.19 hectares and consists of mixed pasture and bush areas. The property originally contained internal and barbed wire fences but these have been mostly removed to facilitate the rehabilitation program. The property features one large and one small dam. Vegetation predominately consists of mixed eucalypts, wattles (Acacia spp.) and pasture species.

Wildlife known to be present on the sanctuary includes eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), common brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinia) and short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Birds found on the property include Australian magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen), crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans), superb fairy wrens (Malurus cyaneus), New Holland honeyeaters (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), and various species of finches (Estrildidae spp.).