Tasmanian Nature Conservation - Wildlife
Shortly after establishing our “rural retreat”, Base Camp Tasmania, we were registered as Wildlife Carers with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service’s Orphaned and Injured Wildlife Program.
Base Camp Tasmania has invested heavily in infrastructure for the care of orphaned wildlife and to facilitate their rehabilitation and return to the bush. These animals include:
Pademelons (Rufus Wallabies)
All orphaned as a result of either road-kill, shooting, or other accidental causes.
Whilst the orphaned animals in our care are unavailable for public inspection (we are not a zoo and unfamiliar human contact is extremely stressful and may even kill them), after successful rearing by other Wildlife Carers and subsequent release at Base Camp Tasmania, these animals generally remain close by and provide many opportunities for viewing them in their natural state.
Base Camp Tasmania is registered with the “Land for Wildlife” program and we manage it according to the program’s principles.
We have removed most of the fences and other farming-related structures
Current Environmental Management
We have an active weed management strategy, having cleared and managed the regrowth of several hectares of weeds since 2004 and we are proud to say we have “broken the back” of the gorse infestations. To a lesser extent we have attempted to control feral animals including wild dogs, feral cats and rabbits.
Four large cleared areas surrounding the house are targeted for revegetation and we have a native planting program underway. We’ve already planted many seedlings with more to come. Of course, the major challenge with new plantings is to control the browsing wildlife (possums and wallabies) and I’ve drawn inspiration and ideas from Landcare Conferences I’ve attended in devising suitable protective enclosures for immature plants.
Weed management and re-planting will continue as priorities and we will continue to remove unnecessary fences. The native planting program will continue, to culminate in several large wildlife gardens in close proximity to the house and other buildings.
As our my interest and knowledge of climate change and global warming has grown we have introduced changes to my energy consumption to lower our carbon emissions and installed 20 PV Solar Panels on the cabins (now feeding into the grid) and a further 10 PV Panels plus a Battery.
We also compost all possible kitchen waste (as well as toilet waste) with bins in our cabins for your use
The results to date are:
reduction in non-recyclable rubbish going into landfill by over 80%
reduction in electricity consumption by over 72%
We are a member of the following programs/organisations helping to support and conserve Tasmania's biodiversity:
Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Land for Wildlife
Tasmanian National Parks Association
Conservation Landholders Tasmania