About Us

Wild Wings & Swampy Things is the home of Barbara Maslen and Allen Sheather.  This 40ha property is a Nature Refuge situated on Barratt Creek in Daintree, Queensland, Australia.

Once cleared and marginally productive farming land it has, over the last 29 years, been restored to a productive eco-system inhabited by many species of both resident and migratory wildlife.  The various habitats represented on the property support a diverse bird population, numerous  reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and an abundance of insect life.

We enjoy sharing our observations of plants and animals seen at home as well as during local excursions and occasional longer trips away from our base.

4 responses to “About Us

  1. Hello Allen & Barbara

    I am chasing a Daintree Pine – would you have any in stock ?

    I live in Cairns – do you have an outlet here ?

    How far from Cow Bay is your property as I have friends who live at Cow Bay – perhaps I could get them to get it for me when they come to Cairns next

    Ron Jennings

  2. Dear Barbara and Allen

    We recently found a Hasenpusch family stick insect at our house in Brisbane which we identified through your article Fairies in the Garden. Unfortunately it is dead but we were taken back by its beauty.

    Is this unusual to be found in this area?

    Thanking you

    Greg Triplett

    • Greg, it is surprising that you have found a Hasenpusch family stick insect in Brisbane. “So far it has been found only in rainforest in parts of northern Queensland ….” according to the habitat notes in “The Complete Guide to Stick and Leaf Insects of Australia”. Perhaps you could get in touch with Jack Hasenpusch, especially if you have some photographic evidence, as I am sure he would be interested.

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