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Sanctuary
 
Yelverton Brook Conservation Sanctuary
 
At Yelverton Brook we have fenced the entire 100 acs with a special predator proof fence of Walktrails @ Yelverton Brookrabbit  netting 1200mm high with 3-4 hot wires & rabbit repair on both sides of the fence on the ground to stop/discourage predators entering the property. Eg: Introduced species such as foxes and rabbits through to feral cats & dogs.
The fence is currently 1.6mts in height and further extensions up to 2.1mts high will happen as funds become avaliable. Donations are most welcome, you can make payment by credit card or PayPal.

We wish to to extend the predator fence higher to 2.1mts with a overhang to deter feral cats from entering the property, any financial help would be greatly appreciated.
We still live in a shed/office whilst completing this Conservation Sanctuary fence, our guests have all the luxury & comfort of home!
We have been successful with a funding application from Streamlining & GeoCatch a local water catchment group to fence one side of our winter stream, with a 2nd application to GeoCatch that has now provided more funding to help towards fencing the remaining 3 sides of the project.
 
This project started in early 2000, ...more. Replacement value is $100,000 - 120,000 and hundreds of man hours by the owners a husband & wife team with no other help. They have turned the property into a "Conservation Sanctuary" and hopefully open to the general public and take guided tours to visit the re-stocked native fauna population. Guided night time tours will become a reality when fauna re-stocking and numbers rise.

Funding has been applied to The Natural Heritage Trust to extend the fence from 1.6mts to 2.1 mts, which was rejected due to being on a boundary fence & run as a Family Trust. Now a company setup is in place to re-apply for federal grants.

Our 2005 WA Landcare Award came with a prize of $500 which will be spent on the fence to start to extend it upwards to a final height of 2.1mts. To help keep out feral cats as they love to climb...........but do not like hanging upside down whilst hanging onto an electric fence. They are also very reluctnent to take baits whereas foxes are more willing for a free feed.
2006 saw Yelverton Brook represent Western Australia in the national Landcare Awards in Melbourne. A notable acheivement as they were the only tourism business there!
2007 saw Yelverton Brook become the ONLY tourism business in Australia be a Fianlist in the Australian Banksia Environmental Awards......

1080
We will be maintaining a safely controlled baiting program within the boundaries using a native local poison called 1080 that naturally occures in local vegatation so no harm will come to local fauna if they eat it, but it is fatal to feral animals. Trapping will also be used as feral cats are hard to get to take a bait.
Our conservation mission is to re-introduce native fauna, that has been eridicated by feral animals.
We are looking forward to seeing our woylies, quokkas, wallabies and many possum's return here with safety and let them get on with the business of breeding in a feral free area.

Great news the last fox was finally caught in late March "07 and within two days Bandicoots were seen again visiting the home from the creekline.....
 
Our Visitors Help The Cause - Donations will help us acheive our aim of creating a predator free environment We are collecting and collating information on all the flora & fauna we presently have. Our difficulty has been that many species are timid and nocturnal; they can be hard to identify; and native fauna (wildflowers) vary greatly and appear sporadically during thier own short lived seasons, ...so with the help of our clients in alerting us of what they see, the unusual and unique are now appearing in our journals, and we establish something very special with our clients at Yelverton Brook Conservation Sanctuary.
 
In your chalet now is a "Wildlife Journal" to help us document the sightings and sometimes funny and unusual events your wildlife gets up to, this will build into a special recording of what is going on at Yelverton Brook.
   
News -
The Woylies or Brushtailed Bettongs have settled in well & are breeding well plus now after the last fox was removed the woylies have been released from the breeding enclosure with 20+ has been bred on the property from the original 4.

These are a very small Kangaroo only 30cms or 10" tall. Commanly known as a Woylie or Rat Kangaroo. When we started this program the quarrantine pen has been built to CALM's satisfaction and they helped us with transfers from Perth Zoo from their successful breeding program. If the Woylies are happy reproduction can be as high as 3 x joeys per female per year, or a turnover of 100 days! The Woylies will remain in the quarantine pen until the predator fence around the entire property is completed and baiting for feral animals is completed. Our pen is larger than their current home at Perth Zoo, now they are they are experiencing the 100 acs!
Some are now over visiting the chalets........

We received Jemma another female Woylie through CALM and now we have many successful results with babies hopping around and more bumps in those pouches
For more infomation please visit our Woylie page.

Enjoy your favourite glass of Margaret River wine whilst watching the antics of these wonderful native rare fauna, enquire with Joy & Simon for a suitable time, best on dusk and early evening as they are nocturanal creatures meaning they are sleeping during the day. Woylies & wine at Yelverton Brook..............
 
Enjoy the meandering walktrails around the property, try a nightstalk with a torch.......
 
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