Cliff Wallis and Sayaka Mihara are the owners of Watery Fowls, a property located approximately 20km southeast of Bega. The sanctuary, of which 22 hectares are covered by a Voluntary Conservation Agreement with the NSW State Government, has a wide variety of uses ranging from being a dedicated wildlife sanctuary, used for wildlife rehabilitation, agriculture and as a residence. It is Cliff and Sayaka’s intent to gradually eliminate cattle grazing on Watery Fowls, while continuing with their current revegetation works.
The sanctuary covers approximately 40 hectares primarily made up of Bega valley dry woodland, red gum forest, wetland and pasture. The property contains remnant forest and wetland as well as significant revegetated areas, and adjoins both Bournda National Park and Wallagoot Lake.
Wildlife is abundant on Watery Fowls and species of note include eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and swamp (Wallabia bicolor) wallabies, short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), lace monitors (Varanus varius), eastern blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides), Jacky dragons (Amphibolurus muricatus), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus) and over 140 bird species.