Bettong night tour

BettongVisit a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Canberra that is leading the way in biodiversity conservation, nature engagement and partnerships.

Conference delegates will have the chance to enjoy an evening tour of Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary on Tuesday 23 May, after the Welcome Function.

Mulligans Flat protects the largest publicly owned area of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands in the world, and is working to restore the environment to its former glory with groundbreaking species reintroductions made possible after the erection of a predator-proof fence.

The innovative collaboration between community group the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, the ACT Government and the Australian National University has forged a unique conservation model that carries out land management, ecosystem research and public engagement.

It is the first woodland ecosystem in which cats & foxes (the prime threats to wildlife) have been eradicated, and locally extinct species – including bettongs, quolls, and curlews – have been reintroduced.

As well as its dedication to world class conservation and research initiatives, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary acts as a gateway for people to engage with endangered wildlife, and the strategies required to bring them back from the brink. Unlike remote, inaccessible sanctuaries elsewhere, Mulligans provides a unique opportunity to experience active conservation without having to leave the city.

Mulligans Flat acts as a large ‘outdoor laboratory’ offering opportunities to educate and inspire a new generation of residents, school children, university students, scientists, landholders, land managers about the restoration, conservation and management of box-gum woodlands—a major step forward for one of Australia’s most threatened ecological communities.

A bus will pick up conference delegates from QT Canberra at 8:00 pm on Tuesday 23 May and will return by 10:30 pm. The tour is an optional extra costing $100. You can add the tour when registering for the conference.

Please wear sensible walking shoes for the tour and be prepared for wet ground.

Eastern Quoll, photo credit Adam McGrathMulligans Flat tourBush stone curlew