Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / SA / Viv and Brigitte’s Refuge

Viv and Brigitte Pitman are the owners of a property located approximately 20km northeast of Adelaide, South Australia.  The property’s primary uses are as a home and for native wildlife rehabilitation and release site.  It is Viv and Brigitte’s intent to continue with their current revegetation efforts on the property, which aim to encourage more native species to inhabit the land.

The sanctuary is situated on a hill and covers approximately 2 hectares, featuring mature river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) among other native vegetation.  The surrounding land is primarily used for orchards (pear, apple and plum).

The main wildlife species present are native birds such as rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus), crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans), wattlebirds (Anthochaera spp.), blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus), finches (Estrildidae spp.), black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus sp.), Pacific black ducks (Anas superciliosa), white-faced herons (Egretta novaehollandiae), hooded plovers (Thinornis rubricollis) and cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae sp.).  Over the last 5-10 years western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus melanops) and koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) have also become quite common on the property, and other wildlife inhabitants include various microbats (Microchirptera spp.) and short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus).