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Simpsons Hill – Fauna

  • Look out for:
  • Eagles
  • Koels
  • Frogmouths
  • Butcher Birds
  • Sulphur crested cockatoos
  • Gang Gang Cockatoos
  • Mynah birds
    • Lizards
  • Blue tongues
  • Skinks

Note, no snakes have been seen on the hill in 35 years.  This does not mean there aren’t any.

 

  • Mammals
    • Kangaroo (rare)
    • Echidna found at the height of the drought wandering near Gilmore School and released on the hill (also rare).
    • Possums (lots – living in the Schoolhouse dunny, garage, roof)

Note there are several old rabbit and wombat holes, don’t sprain your ankle!

 

Insects – plenty of:

  • Flies
  • Spiders
  • Ants
  • Wasps (including European wasps)
  • Bees
  • Christmas Beetles

And a few Bogong moths and (tiny) scorpions

Note the McGees kept bees near the Schoolhouse they had 40 hives in the early 1900s.

Bees now live in the Schoolhouse chimneys and in a tree beside the mown area near Enid Lorimer

 

Water for wildlife

Last summer you may have seen a few white plastic pipes attached to posts or tree trunks on the hill.  A sample is on view today at the Schoolhouse.  They were ingeniously set up to provide local wildlife with a steady water supply through the hot dry 2019/20 summer. For instructions on how to make them, see the website at https://www.unsealed4x4.com.au/diy-wildlife-water-station-get-on-this/