In March 2018, we bought a house and beautiful bush block just south of Patchewollock in the unique Mallee region of north-west Victoria. Adjoining Wyperfeld National Park, it’s a truly special spot with an amazing variety of flora and fauna, many of which have adapted specifically to this semi-arid environment. The birds are plentiful and stunning, the night sky and sunsets are mesmerising, and since moving here in August we’ve got into the groove of a life with less distractions but more excitement, certainly from a birding perspective!
Some of the highlights have been regular sightings of Malleefowl and Regent Parrots, both listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act and vulnerable under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Other delights include watching footage from our trail cameras of Emu chicks growing up under the protection of their dad.
The previous owner was an avid conservationist who completed large areas of revegetation of indigenous plants through Landcare grants and with the Mallee Catchment Management Authority. Under his care these trees and shrubs have thrived and will provide important habitat for many species, particularly Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, as the trees age and form hollows for nesting.
We feel incredibly lucky for the opportunity to continue this work, and will be doing our best to spread the word far and wide to promote the diverse and fascinating landscape of the Mallee.