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Wanderslore open day marking 25 years

The Wanderslore Sanctuary is a special place in the Yarra Valley. The 10 hectare property is an oasis of native vegetation in an area now heavily subdivided. The land was donated to Trust for Nature in 1987 by the late Constance Coleman - an artist, poet, teacher and nature lover.

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Wanderslore open day marking 25 years

The Wanderslore Sanctuary is a special place in the Yarra Valley. The 10 hectare property is an oasis of native vegetation in an area now heavily subdivided. The land was donated to Trust for Nature in 1987 by the late Constance Coleman - an artist, poet, teacher and nature lover.

The Sanctuary started off as a handful of separate parcels of land that were bought back over time and consolidated. It is now a conservation reserve with creeks, gullies, ferns, grasses, fungi and tall eucalypts.

Every year it opens its gates to the public and this year, that open date is Sunday, 28 October. Visitors can enjoy a guided or self-guided walk throughout the property and be taken back in time to experience what the area was once like. 

Bring your binoculars and cameras — Wanderslore has three types of vegetation and is home to wallabies, wombats, antechinus, echidnas, possums, bush rats, bats, reptiles and lots of bird species. 

The sanctuary is maintained through the dedication and hard work of volunteer group, Friends of Wanderslore, which is celebrating its 25 year anniversary.

Trust for Nature’s Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Manager, Ben Cullen, said the reserve is special for a number of reasons.

He said, “The site contains a great diversity of flora and fauna. The property is managed in partnership with the community and shows a great example for best practice in bushland management.”

The open day is also a great learning opportunity. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about wildlife monitoring and understand how they can do conservation work on their property.

It is on Sunday, 28 October, 10am to 4pm at 2180, Warburton Highway, Launching Place. Entry is free. 

Register by 19 October here

Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the generosity of supporters to help us protect Victoria’s amazing biodiversity.