How we respect our wildlife visitors

 

Living in a rural area is a blessing…as a nature lover and an owner of domestic animals it is up to us to make sure that the two live in a respectful way.

We didn’t move to the country to urbanise our lives nor did we move here to intrude on the natural environment around us.

We certainly had a culture shock when we moved..yes we had 11 acres of land surrounding us and we knew we would have wildlife…and within the first 10 minutes of me waiting for the keys to our new home the dogs and I met the locals….a mob of roos..the dogs were beside themselves..they had never seen anything like this before..the roos …well they seemed bemused..and as they took off across our front yard the realisation of the work we had to do was abundantly clear!

The 11 acres is fenced..but the house had no yard of it’s own..this was the first priority..we set about the house yard fencing..farm fencing typical of the area..with wire strands and chicken wire.

This gave the dogs an area to wander safely..within a week we had our first snake..this was bailed up by one of the dogs and one of the cats..right on the other side of the new fence!

Again another reality check…since this snake mesh has been put on the bottom and yet still a baby Eastern Brown managed this year to get through and we had an Emergency trip to the vet with Forrest..

We have seen Forrest when he sees the roos..he runs..he jumps…and he could clearly as a bigger dog leap that fence..so we are mid Paling fence erection ..the entire back half of the house yard will be high paling fence with snake mesh at the bottom…this will keep the dogs safe..you see when I go out they are inside the house..so for the last nearly 3 years we only go out for shorter periods of time…money and time required to get the fence finished has been tough with kids getting married and life in general..my point is though we chose to move..we are responsible for not only our pets but the wildlife that we share our home with.

Dogs can be killed by roos..there are fines for allowing your domestic pets to threaten any wildlife ..if your dogs get out and are caught on someones property with their livestock they can legally shoot them..so we are very mindful of the balance of domestic and wild creatures.

Even our fencing around the property we are careful with…roos can jump! and they jump high..but joeys out of pouch often cannot..you see if they jump and can’t quite make it they hang from the fencing..so how to solve this…we have old areas of fencing with barbed wire..these fences we left in place because there are ample areas for joeys to get under or through the strands on it , the majority of the fencing is wire strands without barbed wire…when we did the fencing for the paddocks we made sure some areas had spots to get under…so far we have had no problems..

A stressed roo is likely to have the highest chance of panicking and hitting a fence..so we don’t stress the roos..if they are out the front for a visit I put the dogs in the laundry on their beds…this gives the roos a chance to graze and move on as they wish…we walk the dogs on lead ALL the time…this ensures no chasing….no running in to a bush where a snake may be…we do play off lead with their toys ..this we do after checking for roos..and we always have treats for a quick recall.

Life is a balance..we love nature and as long as we do our part the balance will work..we have 40 different species of birds plusΒ lizards,skinks,snakes,sugar gliders,possums,rabbits,foxes,legless lizards,roos,echidnas, scorpions, gekkoes, butterflies, grasshoppers ,ducks,tortoises,yabbies and a multitude of insects..we also have two dogs four cats and three sheep….

We certainly have learnt a lot about respect since we bought our property nearly three years ago….

I hope we are blessed with our wildlife friends for many years to come.

Yesterday mornings young mob visits

Yesterday mornings young mob visits

Mum close by

Mum close by

 

Watching the ones over the fence

Watching the ones over the fence

Boomer watches me..i am on the verandah

Boomer watches me..i am on the verandah

This roo goes through the wires instead of jumping

This roo goes through the wires instead of jumping

Mum has an itch

Mum has an itch

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32 thoughts on “How we respect our wildlife visitors

  1. It is a balancing act …when I lived back home I worked for WIRS – Wildlife Rescue Service and raised many many joeys who’s Moms had been hit buy cars or trucks. It is a wonderful thing that you are protecting not only your furbabies but those in the wild too – well done

    • Good grief my reply to your comment ended up after the reply to Easy’s comment….talk about down under πŸ˜‰ sorry ..it’s there..somewhere my sweets πŸ™‚ xx

  2. I’s great you live in harmony with nature. But it’s not always easy :o) I think I would wear a knight’s armor all day everyday ( europeans are not really made for a life down under or in the US, we always get laughing fits when we see the The Emigrants in TV)

    • Hahhhaahha well there are plenty of pretty cowardly Aussies Easy….trust me my boys come up and first spider they squeal like girls hahaahh…I am a tomboy by nature so no scared to easy..took the pups for a night walk..i took a little video of it…just me the pups and a cap with lights in it bwahahaha was like Blair Witch bwaahaa..The Emigrants sounds hilarious!! πŸ™‚

      • oh you could be a walking light tower :o) The Emigrants are hilarious… I never saw such a bunch of idiots. On one hand I’m glad they left the country, but I feel sorry for the countries what have them around the neck now. They buy a grossly overpriced SUV first, before they have a home or a park bench. When they are on the rocks they howl in the camera how bad their host country treated them. It’s a primitive knockabout comedy, but very entertaining :o)

      • Bwahahaahaahh sounds like a hoot! I do love the unprepared….it’s funny when Fozziedad had a lot of international work colleagues over for a BBQ their ideas of our country was really bizarre..i suppose the same goes everywhere..the sound of the Kookaburras they thought were monkeys…and when you listen with their ears I can see why! they do sound like monkeys….but we just don’t hear that as we know we have no monkeys πŸ™‚ they thought Platypus where the size of seals..that one cracked me up! we used to watch them in the river on dusk(where we used to live) and they are small…if they were the size od seals I would freak hahahaha when our daughter went to the USA at 18 she kept saying how much everything was sweet even the bread..even with the foul Vegemite it was still sweet hahhha maybe we need a Mythbusters bloghop hahahah πŸ™‚ BTW the interational work friends were from Germany France England New Zealand Ireland..all great fun people πŸ™‚ xx

      • Imagine seal-size Platypus-guys… that would be like Jurassic Park :o) a mythbuster blog would be great! butt I hope the tv-channel will not sue us when they lose their emigrant-stock :o)

      • Bwahahaha yes we must be aware of the emigrants..poor buggers…you could spill the beans on France..Me Australia..we have connections world wide…the emigrants are doomed now bwahaaahaa πŸ™‚ like the new show here called “An idiot abroad” hilarious stuff my friend πŸ™‚ xx

  3. Breaks your heart doesn’t it…we encroach on their and squeeze them out.. that must have been such a rewarding but damn sad time for you….The whole street has large acreage in each property..they move safely from one to the other..dams to drink from…and safe..we all drive slowly and we all appreciate their beauty and right to be here…I may snap them and climb trees and spy but I never threaten them πŸ™‚ I know their languages their signs and when enough is enough …thankyou for your lovely words :0 I hope you got yoru Aussie fix πŸ™‚ I popped a video of them that i took this arvo on my fozzie bloggie πŸ™‚ bless em…blocking my road πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

  4. What amazing animals they are. The balance of living with nature is difficult as you can attest to- my grandfather used to tell me to always be respectful of nature- it has joys, but also its downsides. The oceans, the land. What a wonderful post. Thank you. πŸ˜€

    • Aww thankyou my sweet..i agree respect for it’s beauty and it’s danger…bitter with sweet always on the land….:) hugs and loves Fozziemum xxx

  5. The roos are so beautiful!! And agree, you have to respect where you live. We have deer that run through our backyard. I can’t go out when they are back there because we don’t want to scare them. It’s great to watch them though from the safety of our back deck. So amazing! XOXO – Bacon

    • Good man Bacon …that’s why we don’t let the pups roam the property..that way all are safe…I love deer too πŸ™‚ we are in the wrong part of town for deer here πŸ™‚ Loves Fozziemum xxxx

  6. this is an excellent post Bev; I wish more people here had your respect; not just for the wildlife but the land; hell, any more for one to see actual GROUND is a photo opportunity that shouldn’t be missed…concrete and cement and homes and shopping centers and strip malls and hotels and car traffic and subways and on and on and on……..it’s an endless foray of…. commerce….farm land is an welcome sight as is a woods…..if you can find them, you’re thankful and you hope to God the next generation see’s the same…..

    • I agree Laura..i go in to Melbourne and feel dirty…everyone is cranky they are rushing the congestion is foul…I get home and want to shower..there is a place for concrete and a place for nature…where we live has strict rules on subdividing land so our town will never have suburb sized blocks..balance …I mean apartments are being built in the city with no kitchens!!! people don’t cook! and the suburbs have no backyards so the councils have to build parks…so kids have somewhere to play?????and they wonder why we come second to the USA in obesity..sheesh…luvs bEV XXXX

    • Thanks Brian πŸ™‚ they are wonderful neighbours and we always are mindful of their space and need to feel safe…did you know when a roo is stressed they rub their little hands together! so I am always mindful of their body language an what it is telling me πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

    • Thanks Brian πŸ™‚ they are wonderful neighbours and we always are mindful of their space and need to feel safe…did you know when a roo is stressed they rub their little hands together! so I am always mindful of their body language an what it is telling me πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

    • Thankyou πŸ™‚ yes I agree…it may take some money and some changes and a bit of hard work but it is possible to enjoy the country and nature without abusing it πŸ™‚

  7. Helloooo Bev! Love the header! Love the blog. So very true! When I lived in the mountains it was a big fight when the Rich came and invaded the habitat of the wildlife and then got all upset when the wildlife “invaded” “their” property. Pissed a ton of us off! Got some regulations written to protect the bobcats at least. Will never understand why man cannot adapt…..
    Marty’s Mom

    • Oh hellllloo Marty’s mum…urghh I know…what do people expect??? luckily everyone in our street is off the same mindset..the poor roos get hit and killed along the highway as it is..we have pretty strict wildlife protection laws here and even our land has a specific overlay protecting the trees…bobcats are beautiful animals..so glad they at least have some protection..you can’t steal an animals land then whinge when they ‘intrude’ what the hell are they supposed to do…humans are great at invading themselves….sheesh..just had the roos out the front then..fed the pups brekkie inside and the roos have moved on…no problems πŸ™‚ Cleo was staring out the kitchen window..the cats are always bemused by them hahahah πŸ™‚ pee ess thanks for the lovely compliment..goota have ne blog the pups and kitties can’t take over bwahahaha πŸ™‚ hugs Bev xx

  8. How wonderful it is that you live in harmony with your anipals. We try to do the same here, but it is hard since we live in the suburbs where not everyone shares our views. Your kangaroos are amazing — great photos!

    • Thank you sweets,they are indeed beautiful animals..it is very hard in the burbs I agree…not everyone appreciates the wildlife ..funny it’s usually what attracts people then they want to have their ‘space’ to themselves…peeps will never work them out πŸ˜‰ hugs Fozziemum xx

  9. It’s always wonderful to see how the environment and wildlife are protected and nourished Bev and you are all so blessed and so are the wildlife around you, for having you there. What gorgeous shots! Brutus sure did a hell of a job and so did you! πŸ˜€ These Roos are so beautiful! Can’t wait to see more of your beautiful nature shots! Lots of people sure can learn a lot from you and nature. πŸ˜€ β™₯ Big Hugs β™₯

    • Thanks so much for your lovely words my sweets πŸ™‚ Brutus is doing a great job….breaking my wrist but doing a great job bwahahhaahah πŸ™‚ they are such lovely creatures indeed :)big hugs back Bev xx ❀ ❀

      • You’re very welcome hon. πŸ˜€

        LOL! Poor Brutus. You will have to eat more superman porridge then! hahahahah.

        They sure are hon and it’s wonderful seeing them through your lens and Brutus. πŸ˜€ β™₯ Big Hugs β™₯

  10. Now THIS is living in Harmony with Nature!! Bev, you & Phil have reached a great balance taking care of your 4 leggeds & keeping the wildlife safe from any harm. If everyone was like you what a FAB world this place would be!!
    I have a question. Do you have feral cats in your country? Just in cities or out in the country?? Just curious.
    We have huge problems all thru North america with homeless felines & canines & them going feral….so sos sad.
    Love Sherri-Ellen xo

    • Hi Sherri-Ellen…I won’t be in here long this morning my eyes are a mess..sadly yes feral cats are a big problem..city country also..we have never had an issue here but our previous place yes..they are dumped in the bush or on the streets and it’s very sad..they decimate wildlife (they have to eat) attack livestock….people are morons world wide it seems…and thankyou for the lovely comments..we do the best we can..it’s not easy that;s for sure πŸ™‚ Love Bev xx

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