April has seen some fantastic growth in our network, with 6 new members joining the WLT and contributing to over 63,000 hectares of land!

We now have 529 member sanctuaries across the country, 25 joining so far this year.

Conservation News

We're pleased to announce that Coastal Swamp Oak Forest, a Threatened Ecological Communty (TEC) we nominated in 2013, has been listed as Endangered under national environment law. The TEC occurs across 32,000 hectares in coastal NSW and Queensland, providing valuable habitat for koalas, snapping turtles and greater gliders. This listing means any activities that may significantly impact the habitat will be subject to greater scrutiny and conditions, and funds for management and restoration will be prioritised.

Member Feature

This month WLT refuge Moonlit Sanctuary took part in the Orange-bellied Parrot Mainland Release Trial, which saw 15 of the critically endangered birds released in Geelong. Working with DELWP, Zoos Victoria, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and BirdLife Australia, Moonlit Sanctuary helped to raise and release the parrots which are now being monitored closely as they navigate their new life. With less than 50 birds left in the wild, programs like this may yet save the species from extinction - it's great to have WLT members involved.

Sanctuaries You Can Stay

We've had quite an influx of new accommodation in our Sanctuaries You Can Stay program this month including Bed & Broccoli, a fully-catered vegan retreat; Cherry Top, a homely organic farmstay; and Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers' Cabin, a serene and secluded rainforest sanctuary. Check out https://www.wildlifelandtrust.org.au/explore/get-away for all available stays.

I hope you're all enjoying some overdue cooler weather on your sanctuaries!