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Quandong and Sandalwood Plantation, Seedbank and Eco-habitat

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  • Teakle Eco Habitat
    1257 Whytes Well Road, Karoonda SA 5307, Australia

Tour Brian Teakle’s award-winning quandong and sandalwood plantation,  eco-habitat, seedbank project and regenerative farming concept. In a small paddock by the seedbank he’s been trialling mixed multi species summer and winter crops and re-establishing native grasses. Emerging from winter makes perfect timing for a tour.

The eco-habitat project is recolonising the area with frogs and worms. Plans to include a bird bath where the water is sourced from a pond will happen as soon as this year's seedlings are planted. A native bee hotel is growing in size. An echidna colony is nearby, with markings sighted. Bat boxes for bat monitoring are in process and pygmy possum boxes are already installed as part of a Mid Murray Landcare project installed with the help of Aimee Linke.

The seedbank project up the hill is managed by Rowena Danks and will include honeybee hives in the future. In 31 years Brian has grown some 40,000 trees and shrubs as shelter belts and 120,000 old man salt bush as fodder. There will be some walking involved in the tour between habitats.

Brian Teakle is the winner of the 2021 Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Citizen Science Awards for his contribution to many varied projects including regenerative farming and native wildlife habitat, summer multispecies cropping, the Mid Murray Landcare South Australian Museum western pygmy possum project, the MEGA Murray-Darling Microbat Project and Malleefowl grid monitoring.

The tour is free, but bookings are essential. Please bring a water bottle, walking books and wet weather gear. This event is weather permitting and may require rescheduling. Tere will be a number of tours at about 10am during National Science Week at the discretion of Mr Teakle. Please email your enquiries to book your visit.

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