Our Property Manager Bori has been busy fencing and planting an area in front of the Inala office with native species to screen the raptor hide from the driveway (access to the cottages). This will reduce the risk of vehicles and people walking along the driveway inadvertently disturbing birds near the hide. Also, with the planting mainly comprising Melaleuca squarrosa and M. squamea, Leptospermum lanigerum, some Prostanthera lasianthos and various Callistemon species (now considered to be part of the genus Melaleuca), it is hoped that this will prove useful nesting and foraging places for smaller bush birds, as it grows. It should eventually make a welcoming flowery 'hedge' along the driveway as well.
Bori has also installed a couple of tunnels through the barrier, so that wallabies and other animals can easily pass from one side to another. It is amazing how quickly they have taken to them!
A visit from the Humane Society International Wildlife Land Trust
On the 23rd of November Inala hosted Humane Society International Wildlife Land Trust President Ben Callison and Board member David Hartwell from the USA. They were accompanied by the Senior Program Manager of the Australasian Team, Evan Quartermain. Ben and David were keen to see how we do things here in Australia with respect to land protection and covenanting. Inala is a proud member of the Wildlife land Trust’s global sanctuary system (http://www.wildlifelandtrust.org.au/index.php/sanctuaries/tasmania/446-inala). We are looking forward to continuing the association between Inala and the Wildlife Land Trust and exploring ways in which to offer the best protection for the property over the long-term.
The great spring weather has been wonderful for the Jurassic Garden with plants almost leaping out of the ground. So have the weeds but, thanks to the valiant efforts of Inala team members Bori and Linley, the garden is looking fantastic! Do drop in to see it.
New species include a rarely-seen member of the podocarp family Dacrydium novae-guineese from the highlands of Papua New Guinea, another podocarp Phyllocladus toatoa (formerly P. glaucus) and a New Zealand cedar Libocedrus bidwillii, both endemic to New Zealand.