TAS: Ashburn - Gil and Dawne Walker
Gil and Dawne Walker are the owners of 'Ashburn' a property located approximately 22km south-west of Launceston. The property is currently managed as a sheep grazing property for fine wool with more than 133 hectares protected by a Tasmanian State Government covenant. It Gil and Dawn's intent to continue to farm sustainably without impacting native habitat, and to ensure local flora and fauna are protected. The property is also a member of Land for Wildlife and the Private Forest Reserves Program.
Ashburn covers approximately 516 hectares of gently undulating tertiary sands over deep impermeable clays. Dry sclerophyll forest is the predominant vegetation type, with the property protecting one of Tasmania's largest remaining communities of black peppermints (Eucalyptus amygdalina). Other vegetation includes swamp gums (E. ovata), manna gums (E. viminalis) and 15 species of native orchids.
Wildlife known to inhabit the property include Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), Tasmanian bettongs (Bettongia gaimardi), eastern (Dasyurus viverrinus) and spotted-tail (Dasyurus maculatus) quolls, wombats (Vombatus ursinus), long-nosed potoroos (Potorous tridactylus), Bennetts wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii), eastern barred (Perameles gunni) and southern brown (Isoodon obesulus) bandicoots, short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) possums, sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and several bat species. Ashburn also provides vital habitat for more than 40 native bird species including yellow-tailed-black cocktaoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), scarlet robins (Petroica multicolor), superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus), and sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita). With two known nesting sites, the sanctuary is also an important breeding site for endangered wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax fleayi)