Glenelg Hopkins properties
Trust for Nature owns three properties in the Glenelg-Hopkins region
Ralph Illidge Sanctuary.
Trust for Nature received part of this property as a donation with the rest of the 274 hectare property purchased with assistance from various trusts, grants and community appeals.
The site, near Orford, is of high-conservation significance as it comprises a diverse a range of vegetation types including native vegetation communities of Open Forest Woodland and Swamp Shrubland. There are a variety of wetlands on the property - permanent waterholes, seasonal swamps, deep and shallow water.
About 200 plant species have been recorded on the property. The Heathy Open Forest Woodland is dominated by Manna Gum and Swamp Gum on poorly drained areas and by Shining Peppermint on better drainland sites. The Mixed Exotic Herbfield consists of cleared areas dominated by rushes and exotic pasture species on the drier sites, while native aquatic and amphibious vegetation occupy the wetlands.
With such a diverse range of habitats, the property is an important habitat for fauna with 125 bird species recorded including Brolga, Pied Cormorant, Little Bittern, Great Egret and Latham's Snipe.
The wetlands provide important breeding habitat for Brolga. Mammals include koalas, Sugar Glider, Red-necked Wallaby, Swamp Rat and bats.
The property is managed by the Friends of Pallister's Reserve with support from Trust for Nature.
Trust for Nature received this 67 hectare Merino property in the South Grampians as a donation in 2001.
It contains some good remnant Coastal Grassy Woodland.
Ralph Illidge Sanctuary
Trust for Nature acquired this 101 hectare property near Warrnambool in 1987, mostly through a donation from Ralph Illidge with an annex purchased via donations. The site features Manna Gum Riparian Woodland, Manna Gum and Messmate Open Woodland and Swamp Gum Woodland.
The site was burnt in the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983 but has since regenerated well. More than 238 plant species have been recorded at the sanctuary as well as several threatened orchids.
Common Bent-wing Bat, Grey Goshawk, Powerful Owl and Rufous Bristlebird have been sited as well as the Buff-banded Rail, Feather-tailed Glider, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Gould's Long-eared Pipistrelle, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Long-nosed Potaroo, Platypus, Southern Brown Bandicoot and Water Rat.
The sanctuary is managed by the Friends of Ralph Illidge Sanctuary with support from Trust for Nature.