The ‘neighbours’ are delightful. We live in a unique environment where we are surrounded by many of Western Australia’s rare and endangered (…not here!) native animals. There are Kangaroos, Emus and Ring Tail Possums in abundance. There are many nocturnal critters such as the Tammar Wallaby after which the original farm is named, the rare Woylie, little Brush Tailed Phascogales, the Western Quoll or Chuditch, the Numbat and our favourite little visitor, the Southern Brown bandicoot.
A family of Blue Wrens have made their home at Dickinson estate and enjoy refreshing themselves in the bird baths that are positioned around the homestead.
Our farm is named after this little feller. They are native to our area and frequent the vineyard. They were a nuisance when we planted the vines but now that the vines have outgrown them, they are a very welcome visitor.
Chuditch (or Western Quoll).
A pretty little native cat. Brown fur with white spots. They are rarely seen during the day as they are night feeders, dining on insects, smaller mammals and small birds. They frequent our back door from time to time.
Southern Brown Bandicoot.
This is our favourite visitor. We have a little family living in our garden although they don’t behave like a family. Once the new born leaves the pouch, they are totally independent. These little critters are very friendly and will eat from your hand while you can stroke them.
Woylie (Brush-tailed Bettong)
A very small marsupial which visits the vineyard and home garden. It has a head and body length of around 30cm and stands about 20cm tall. Its diet is seeds, tubers and bulbs. Again a nocturnal feeder which shelters during the day.
This is a small squirrel like marsupial which feeds mainly on insects, spiders and centipedes.
The female will have a litter of 8 babies initially but may not survive long enough to rear a second litter. The males live for only one year, dying after a period of frenzied mating.
The male has been radio-tracked to travel up to 9kms in search of a mate.
The Numbat is Western Australia’s native emblem. They are most often seen mid-morning and late afternoon. The adults have a body length of around 25cm. It is a reddish-brown colour with 7 or 8 white stripes across its back. The Numbat is solely dependent on termites for its food source
Ringtail and Brushtail Possums
There are several species of possum around Dickinson Estate and they love grapes.
Fortunately, there is enough to share.
Western Grey Kangaroo
This feller Is definitely not on the “endangered” list. They reside in abundance in the surrounding bush and visit the vineyard, particularly when the foliage is nice and green and the grapes are ripening. Fencing to keep them out is always a challenge.
Visitors of the human kind, are welcome to take a couple with you when you leave.
While not as plentiful as the Kangaroo, they too visit the vineyard when the fruit is ripening. Conveniently for them, the fruit is at the right level for ‘grape smorgasbord’. There is just one father and a few chicks in the area and they don’t take enough fruit to be a bother.