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- 0.18 hectares
A residence, wildlife sanctuary and regeneration site


Deborah Howell is the owner of a property located in Yarra Junction, approximately 65km east of Melbourne, Victoria. The property is a residence and wildlife sanctuary, and Deborah is currently in the process of regenerating native vegetation on the land, with plans to continue improving the existing habitat on the property for wildlife.

The property covers approximately 0.1836 hectares of sloping land populated by both indigenous and planted native grasses, shrubs and trees.

Vegetation is classified as Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest, and dominant species include green scentbark (Eucalyptus fulgens), narrow-leaved peppermint (E. radiata), messmate (E. obliqua) and cherry ballart (Exocarpos cupressiformis).

Other species include casuarinas, native box (Bursaria spinosa), kunzea, common heath (Epacris impressa), silver wattle (Acacia dealbata), blackwood (A. melanoxylon), silver banksia (Banksia marginata) and yellow hakea (Hakea nodosa), tea tree (Leptospermum spp.), goodenia, parrot pea (Dillwynia glaberrima) and prickly currant bush (Coprosma quadrifida), as well as various climbers, orchids and ferns. Grass species present include swordgrass (Miscanthus floridulus), kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra), lomandra, poa, grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp.), Diannella and Juncus.  

Despite its small size the property features an abundance of birdlife including laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides), common bronzewing pigeons (Phaps chalcoptera), pied currawongs (Strepera graculina), magpies (Cracticus tibicen), grey butcherbirds (Cracticus torquatus), black-faced cuckoo shrikes (Coracina novaehollandiae), satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), red-browed finches (Neochmia temporalis), grey fantails (Rhipidura albiscapa), golden whistlers (Pachycephala pectoralis), eastern yellow robins (Eopsaltria australis), eastern spinebills (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris), grey shrikethrushes (Colluricincla harmonica), white-eared (Lichenostomus leucotis) and New Holland (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) honeyeaters, red wattlebirds (Anthochaera carunculata), brown thornbills (Acanthiza pusilla), spotted  pardalotes (Pardalotus punctatus), white-throated treecreepers (Cormobates leucophaea) and superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus).

A range of parrots including sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita), gang-gang (Callocephalon fimbriatum) and yellow-tailed black (Calyptorhynchus funereus) cockatoos, little corellas (Cacatua sanguinea), king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans), rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) and galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla) are also present.

Other wildlife known to visit the property includes eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), common brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, white-lipped snakes (Drysdalia coronoides) and short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Eastern bluetongue lizards (Tiliqua scincoides) and other skinks are also present, as well as blue-banded bees (Amegilla spp.) and swordgrass brown butterflies (Tisiphone abeona). A natural drainage area on the property provides habitat for yabbies, eastern banjo frogs (Limnodynastes dumerilii) and Ewing’s tree frogs (Litoria ewingii), and Deborah has plans to build a frog pond to improve this small habitat.

Property Name Deborah's Refuge
Property Size 0.18 hectares
Property Features
Owners Deborah Howell
Member Since 2019