Films about Trust For Nature
Our 40 year anniversary films
Below is a short film about the history of Trust for Nature. Established in 1972, the Trust is now 40 and this film reflects on the highlights of those years.
And this little film shows those we work with celebrating with us.
Look! No Hands - rare footage of a Sugar Glider using its tail
Recently, Trust for Nature made a short film to launch its state-wide 1000th conservation covenant campaign and captured rare footage of a Sugar Glider carrying nest material with its tail. Trust for Nature staff placed 16 survey cameras at various locations across one of its conservation covenanted properties in Gembrook, near Melbourne.
Watch the Glider here.
‘We wanted to see what native animals, and also non-native animals, used the bush, particularly at night when it is harder to survey,’ said Ben Cullen, the Regional Manager for the area.
Seven native mammals and two birds were recorded - Long-nosed Bandicoot, Black Wallaby (Swamp Wallaby), Mountain Brushtail Possum (Southern Bobuck), Superb Lyrebird, Bush Rat, Eastern Whipbird, Common Wombat, Agile Antechinus, a Sugar Glider and one not so welcome visitor – a cat.
But undoubtedly, the highlight is about 30 seconds of footage clearly showing a Sugar Glider using its semi-prehensile tail to carry nest-making materials. Trust staff knew this was valuable footage and after an internet search suspect it may be the first time it has been recorded on camera in the wild.
A wildlife film with a twist - John Clarke!
Trust for Nature’s latest film has the appearance of eight special native mammals and two birds - Long-nosed Bandicoot, Black Wallaby (Swamp Wallaby), Mountain Brushtail Possum (Southern Bobuck), Superb Lyrebird, Bush Rat, Eastern Whipbird, Common Wombat, Agile Antechinus, Sugar Glider and John Clarke!
See the film here.
The short film launched our 1000th covenant campaign this week. To make the film, Trust for Nature staff placed 16 motion-activated cameras at various places over one of our conservation covenantors properties in Gembrook. When we went back a couple of weeks later to download the footage - we were excited with what we saw.
There is a wombat moving around the entrance of its den, an Agile Antechinus darting into a nest box late at night and the cameras have also captured some of the not so welcome animals that occur in our bush – cats.
John Clarke kindly offered to help us with the film and is one of the voices you will hear. There is also Ed McNabb – the owner of the property, who talks about the species that frequent his place.
There are now over 1000 private properties across Victoria that have Trust for Nature conservation covenants in place, which protect more than 43,000ha of the State. We’d like to take this time to thank those landowners who have voluntarily protected their properties for conservation, forever.
You can read more about conservation covenants here and if you would like to support Trust for Nature, please visit our donation page here.
A Day in Coastal Scrubland
The latest from our motion-activated cameras
Trust for Nature’s very own Ben Cullen, our Regional Manager in the Port Phillip and Westernport region, has captured some very special footage in coastal Moonah Woodland. Watch a Swamp wallaby, Swamp rat, Long-nosed Bandicoot and Superb Fairy wrens at home in coastal scrubland. The Long-nosed Bandicoot is a particular treat, as it is extremely rare in this part of the State and is mostly active during the night, when it forages for insects and fungi using its lovely long nose.
We hope you enjoy the film!
Wildlife in Motion Footage from Conservation Covenants
Trust for Nature's Ben Cullen and Chris Lindorff have been busy filming!
Recently they have both been using motion-activated infrared cameras on conservation covenants and the Trust's own properties and have captured some amazing footage. The Southern Brown Bandicoot makes a return to the screen, we see an echidna looking for lunch and the Brush-tailed Phascogale, amongst others - along with some feral species that share their habitats!
Southern Brown Bandicoot
Trust for Nature's Ben Cullen recently caught the Southern Brown Bandicoot browsing in Bunyip - along with some feral species that share its habitat!
Check out the film he made using a motion activated camera...
Southern brown Bandicoots on the fringe
The Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus) typifies a group of animals and plants now threatened with extinction by Melbourne's urban growth, writes Conservation Officer Ben Cullen.
Click here to read this article in Trust for Nature's Conservation Bulletin issue 48.