#EucBeaut – cockies come home to roost at Suncrest farm

The bush is looking better on ‘Suncrest Farm’, near Canna, where Darryl and Jude Beattie recently completed a 10 kilometre stretch of fencing to protect remnant vegetation on their beautiful 2000 hectare property.

The farm features 445 hectares of remnant bushland, with 100 hectares protected through the latest fencing effort. According to Jude, this is only the beginning, and the family plans to fence off much more.

During a recent site visit, NACC Bushcare Officer Vanessa Brown said she saw a number of birds utilising the bushland, including Red-tailed Black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksia), which Darryl said large flocks visit the property frequently. Red-tailed Black-cockatoos have a preferred diet of seeds, which are usually extracted from the hard seed pods (‘nuts’) of Eucalypts. They lay one white egg (or sometimes two) in a tree hollow lined with wood dust, woodchips or splinters, and nesting hollows are usually situated in mature or dead eucalypts.

“It was great to see that not only are birds utilising this fantastic area of bushland, but a number of other native animals also call it their home,” said Vanessa.

“Wildlife – such as kangaroos and echidnas – also use this patch of bush, particularly the large Eucalypt trees, which provide a host of services such as shelter, shade, food, and other resources.”

Being in close proximity to a nearby reserve, the newly-fenced-off and long-term protected patch of bush will mean that wildlife will be able to move more easily through the landscape for many years to comee.

Vanessa said it was rewarding seeing the Beatties working to protect remnant vegetation on their farm, and also great to see the younger generation getting involved, as Darryl and Jude have encouraged their daughter Freya to help out with the fencing.

“This is a great example of making on-farm decisions about the future of the farm, and the future generations that will farm here, as Freya will also be able to enjoy this stunning bushland for years to come, and the animals who call it home.”

Information source: http://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/red-tailed-black-cockatoo

This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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