Eagle’s Roost is registered with Land For Wildlife and is managed to provide secure habitat for both the animals and plants on site. The Rocky Cape pair of Wedge-tail Eagles regularly roost on the property’s largest tree (called Grandpa), a Tasmanian Devil rears her young every year in one of the property’s gullies. Wombats, Quolls, Wallabies, Bandicoots and Echidnas are all regular visitors to Eagle’s Roost, and can be captured on trail cameras for a most unusual holiday video memento!
A multitude of birds make the forest and garden their home. Aside from the eagles, a pair of White Goshawks and multiple pairs of Blue Wrens, Honeyeaters and Swallows nest on site each year. There is also a good variety of Cuckoo species who parasitise the wren and honeyeater nests.
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos visit the property regularly to squabble over banksia cones in the garden trees, or rip apart rotten logs in the gullies to hunt for grubs for their young. A rarely seen transient visitor is the Orange-bellied Parrot on their way to or from their breeding grounds in the SW of Tasmania (only spotted twice – very exciting!).
The farm has one young Border Collie (Pia), two Jerseys (Dorothy and her pal Ted) and a large flock of Light Sussex chooks (known as Paddock Patrol). When Dorothy has her calf in August she will again provide milk (which will also be made into home-made butter, yogurt and cheeses) for guest breakfasts and of course Paddock Patrol already provide flavourful free range eggs.
Paddock Patrol’s most important function is pest removal – which means no need to spray for pests in the paddocks and spreading out the cow manure (and adding their own) – so no need for additional fertilisation of the paddocks either. As a result paddock soil biodiversity is increasing every year as are the population of worms 🙂