1800 acres of heritage protected Mallee land
Entwood Wildlife Sanctuary is situated amid semi-arid Mallee land on Meru Country in South Australia. This private sanctuary preserving 1800 acres of heritage protected flora, fauna and its environment has grown substantially since 1979 when it was established with 100 acres. It is located about 24km west of Blanchetown on the Murray River.
Entwood Wildlife Sanctuary is fortunate to have numerous stands of "old growth" mallee throughout the sanctuary. These are necessary for the vast majority of birds in the region as they have evolved to nest in hollows rather than traditional cup nests. The lack of disturbance over the last forty plus years to the top layers of earth has allowed the Duricrust to reform in many places throughout the sanctuary.
The Entwood Wildlife Sanctuary was created and has evolved over the last forty plus years with a strong understanding and application of the following three observations of successful natural harmony:
The main types of plants present on the sprawling Entwood Wildlife Sanctuary are Mallee eucalypt forest & open areas of salt bush & acacias.
A wide variety of tiny flowers are present in the springtime with presences ranging from days to weeks depending on rainfall that season.
There is a rather wide range of wildlife present at Entwood Wildlife Sanctuary. Birds include both resident & migratory types with variants ranging in size from tiny wrens to emus. Wombats & kangaroos abound as do lizards, snakes & a plentiful array of insects & spiders.
The first block of 100 acres is purchased!
In 1985 the first Heritage agreements with the South Australian state government were made.
In 1992, Entwood was officially declared a Sanctuary; and listed as such in the government gazette adding weight to the protection of its wildlife.