TAS: White Gum Wool - Nan Bray
Nan Bray is the owner of White Gum Wool, a property located approximately 80km north of Hobart. The property is a wildlife-friendly sanctuary operating as a sheep farm, and it is Nan's intent for the property to continue in these purposes. The sanctuary is also subject to a Vegetation Management Agreement with the Tasmanian Government, which terminates in 2017.
White Gum Wool covers 330 hectares of mixed soil and pasture types. Approximately half of the property consists of remnant eucalypts in semi-native grasslands, while the other half comprises of introduced pasture on sandstone and dolerite soils. There are a number of threatened and endangered plants and animals on the property including grassland greenhoods (Pterostylis ziegeleri) and snake orchids (Diuris lanceolata), and farm management is designed to protect and encourage them.
Wildlife species known to inhabit the property include short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), common wombats (Vombatus ursinus), eastern (Dasyurus viverrinus) and spotted-tail (Dasyurus maculatus) quolls, Bennetts wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) and several frog species as well as tiger (Notechis scutatus), lowland copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) and whip (Drysdalia coronoides) snakes. The property is also abundant in birdlife including wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), brown goshawks (Accipiter fasciatus), magpies (Cracticus tibicen), grey butcherbirds (Cracticus torquatus), little corellas (Cacatua sanguinea), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), flame (Petroica phoenicea) and dusky (Melanodryas vittata) robins, silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis), ravens (Corvus spp.), black swans (Cygnus atratus), Australian wood ducks (Chenonetta jubata), superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) and chats.