Native vegetation will have the chance to thrive at Saddleworth Farm, a cattle and cropping property in Allanooka, after the owners recently completed a protective fencing project with the help of NACC’s Habitat Fencing Incentive.
More than 9 hectares of bushland remains on the 30 hectare property which was purchased in the late 1860’s.
After 50 years spent enjoying this stunning piece of bushland for fun family picnics, owner Tegan Stokes decided to protect the area with more than 2 km worth of fencing.
Spent some time with Tegan on her family property in Allanooka in the @NACC_NRM region, checking out the new fencing to protect this awesome bushland #PlacesofNRM @AusLandcare pic.twitter.com/YLbF4uKQAa
— Vanessa Brown (@Vanessa_Brown_s) April 9, 2018
During NACC’s original assessment of the bushland, a number of flowering orchids were discovered, and Tegan was thrilled to learn they would be protected. Saddleworth Farm is less than 6km away from the Burma Road Nature Reserve in Walkaway, which is an A class reserve covering approximately 6900 ha of bushland containing threatened flora. The protected bushland on the property will now help to link remaining vegetation in the area to this Reserve.
The property is also home to a number of native animals, big and small, such as kangaroos, bobtail lizards (Tiliqua rugosa), echidnas and even thorny devils (Moloch horridus).
NACC’s Bushcare Officer, Vanessa Brown, recently visited the property and said it was vital to protect what bushland remained.
“It is good to look at the bigger picture – these smaller areas will provide a link up and allow wildlife to move through the landscape and into areas such as the Burma Road Nature Reserve,” she said.
A huge number of Stokes family members came together for this project – nephews, nieces, aunties, uncles, and grandparents worked hard together and bonded over flat tyres, strainer posts and a desire to protect the environment.
This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.