BOOYONG will showcase its enchanting flora and fauna to the community as part of the June long weekend’s Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tours.
Brett and Michelle Williams purchased the property in December and have expressed their excitement of entering “the world of conservation”.
“Booyong came under a Voluntary Conservation Agreement in 1999 covering 84.53 acres and protecting a rare example of composition and structure of the original vegetation of Byabarra valley,” Mrs Williams said.
Twenty-six frog species inhabit Booyong along with more than 150 varieties of birds, 25 reptile species, insects, bandicoots, tiger quolls, koalas and gliders.
“Vulnerable and threatened species represented within the conservation area include the powerful owl, green-thighed tree frog, masked owl, yellow-bellied glider, giant barred frog, angle-headed dragons and glossy-back cockatoos,” she said.
Mrs Williams said those who purchase Farm Gate Tour booklets and participate in the self-drive tour would received a 20-30 minute walk around the conservation area.
“It is looking beautiful after the recent rainfall so we are delighted to be able to show the community around and talk about what we do here,” she said.
Along with help from previous owners, the Williams family are trying to collect information on the history of the land.
“The original owners dedicated many years to making it conservation and restoring it to its natural state. We are responsible for weed control and ensuring on exotic flora or fauna are introduced to the area.”
Booyong will soon have a holiday rental with conservation view available for the community; to find out more about the property visit www.booyongconservation.com.
The Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tours will feature 10 properties opening their gates to the public throughout June 11, 12 and 13 to only those who’ve purchased a $30 booklet.
To find out more about the Farm Gate Tours, or to purchase a booklet head to www.hastingslandcare.org.au. Hard copies can be found at the Glasshouse, Hastings Landcare office or Eco Wilde.
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