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.

7 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

    Cheers
    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.
      Cheers
      Barbara

  3. Dear Allen and Barbara

    Congratulations on all your habitat restoration and wonderful photography. My training in ecology was in the UK where I managed a small nature reserve to maintain its ground orchid population – but I have now lived in Brisbane for 35 years, and write children’s books. My latest one, ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’ (in rhyme to the rhythm of Waltzing Matilda) features many Australian wildlife characters. I am including true facts about these on my website

    http://www.writing-for-children.com/Once-a-Creepy-Crocodile.html

    and wonder if you would allow me to use one of your images of blossom bats, with acknowledgement and a link to your site? Please contact me at Peter (at) writing-for-children.com

    All best wishes

    Peter Taylor

  4. Thank you so much – that’s very generous.
    Peter :)

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