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A dedicated wildlife sanctuary and permanently protected habitat restoration site

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David Cummings and Mary Lush are the owners of Micalong Descents, a property situated along Micalong Creek in New South Wales. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary, protected in-perpetuity with a Conservation Agreement through the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. David and Mary have maintained and restored native vegetation on Micalong Descents for over 40 years, and now hope to find a likeminded buyer to continue their stewardship of the land.

The property spans 212 hectares on a well vegetated bush block straddling the valley of Micalong Creek, with 2.2 kilometres of creek frontage. Elevation ranges from 630-890 metres above sea level and the property features creek flats, steep slopes, hilly peaks and an impressive gorge. The land forms part of a significant wildlife corridor linking to the Bondo State Forest and may provide habitat for spotted-tailed quolls.

Vegetation is characterised by peppermint (Eucalyptus radiata), red stringybark (E. macrorhyncha), apple box (E. bridgesiana), snow gum (E. pauciflora), mountain swamp gum (E. camphora) and manna gum (E. viminalis) woodlands.

An abundance of native wildlife is present on the property, including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and swamp (Wallabia bicolor) wallabies, platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), common (Trichosurus vulpecula) and mountain (T. caninus) brushtail possums, ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster), feathertail (Acrobates pygmaeus) and sugar (Petaurus breviceps) gliders, southern greater gliders (Petauroides volans), antechinuses and several species of microbats. One of the reasons for enacting the conservation agreement is the potential occurrence of spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus).

An array of birdlife is also present including gang-gang (Callocephalon fimbriatum) and sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita) cockatoos, yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Zanda funerea), galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), sacred kingfishers (Todiramphus sanctus), superb lyrebirds (Menura novaehollandiae), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), southern boobooks (Ninox novaeseelandiae), satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), fantailed cuckoos (Cacomantis flabelliformis), striated (Pardalotus xanthopygus) and spotted (P. punctatuss) pardalotes, wonga pigeons (Leucosarcia picata), yellow-faced honeyeaters (Lichenostomus chrysops), red-browed finches (Neochmia temporalis), silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis), golden (Pachycephala pectoralis) and rufous (P. rufiventis) whistlers and cormorants (Phalacrocorax sp.).

Property Name Micalong Descents
Property Size 212 hectares
Property Features Voluntary Conservation Agreement (VCA)
Owners David Cummings and Mary Lush
Member Since 2022
Website https://micalong.aupuzzle.com.au/
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