Gluepot Reserve is located 64 km north of the Murray River and the town of Waikerie in South Australia's Riverland district. Located in the semi-arid South Australian mallee it is considered by many to be one of the crown jewels in the nation's reserve system.
This 54,390 ha area of virgin mallee scrub contains no less than 18 nationally threatened bird species, 53 species of reptiles and 12 species of bats, some of which are also nationally threatened. There are few areas in the world that support such a concentration of threatened species.
Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary is located 150 km west of Melbourne in Victoria. A mere two-hour drive delivers you to this serene 535 ha property teeming with woodland birds. The Sanctuary is made up of two separate blocks of land; one appropriately called the 'Bird Paddock' and coined by the original owner Gordon Clarke, and the other 'Grantiella' named after the Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta, an occasional visitor to the block. Extra parcels of land, covenanted and protected by Trust for Nature, make up the rest of the property.
The Sanctuary pioneered the protection of private land for its conservation value. Every day an incredible dawn chorus fills the air with the song of fairy-wrens, robins, whistlers, trillers, parrots and many more clamorous birds.
Newhaven Sanctuary, five times larger than Gluepot Reserve, is 262,600 ha and lies 363 km or a four and a half hour drive north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The Sanctuary appears as if painted by an artist with shimmering salt lakes, vibrant red ochre dunes, undulating plains and dramatic purple-red quartzite mountains.
The property supports an astounding array of species, including 175 native bird species, 26 mammal species, 79 reptiles, and 8 frog species. Previously owned by Birds Australia, the property was purchased by Australian Wildlife Conservancy in 2006 and is now managed in partnership with BirdLife Australia.