Balijup Field Day for conservation landholders

Elder Penny May gives the Welcome to Country near the Balijup Sanctuary. Photo Basil Schur

Balijup Field Day brings conservation landholders together. Over thirty conservation landholders and practitioners from across the Great Southern gathered at Balijup farm near Tenterden, invited by the Hordacre and Vanderbyl families, Gondwana Link and Green Skills.

The Welcome to Country was given by Tambellup Elder, May Penny, who shared that her father was born at nearby Lake Poorrarecup. Local farmer Bruce Parsons also shared stories about growing up with Lake Nunijup.

We visited the Sanctuary enclosure where the extensive diggings of quenda (southern brown bandicoots) were evident amongst the wandoo and jarrah woodland. Later we visited one of the many lakes on the 920 ha property, and then had a ‘Think Tank ‘at Lake Nunijup Hall about Balijup and conservation landholder issues. The home-baked afternoon treats were appreciated by all!

Basil Shur explaining ways to keep possums and goannas out of bird nesting boxes. Photo Marg Robertson

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