In 2009 and 2010 ARCS was gifted ‘Ankida’ (ancient Sumerian meaning ‘Where Heaven and Earth Meet’). This was the name Geoffrey and Shirley Miller gave to this land that captured their hearts more than 40 years ago. They loved, protected, and nurtured this wild rugged land, hoping passionately it would always remain safe. And so it shall. They turned to us to help make their hopes and dreams come true. We will protect it, lovingly, forever ....
Geoffrey and Shirley Miller, our two ARC Angels who gifted Ankida to ARCS, the valley in 2009 and the plateau in 2010.
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Ankida is a 205-hectare property of exceptional beauty and diversity where:
Waterfall Creek spills over precipitous cliffs in a majestic waterfall - the “Horseshoe Falls”;
beautiful escarpment and gorge scenery to the north and west delights the eye,
diverse tall forests inspire — rainforests, wet sclerophyll rainforests, rare montane paperbark swamps fed by springs and soaks;
sheer cliffs are bedecked with orchids and other rare treasures;
air currents and updrafts are perfect for peregrine falcons to soar;
other nooks and large hollow-bearing trees give safe harbor to species at the edge of extinction.
Ecosystem, plant and fungi diversity are high with 626 plant species in 124 different families found so far. This number will grow. Mycologists say it’s “Russula Heaven” (So many fungi species, and so plentiful. We even call a bush track ‘Fungi Lane’.).
We protect Ankida to keep it safe. It is a Nature Refuge under state legislation and protected by the strictest conservation covenant possible under local law. This is registered on the land Title. Our Management Plan maps out how we take care of it. Our research uncovers yet more mysteries and guides what we do. Our volunteers help remove the weeds and pests that wreak such havoc on life’s creatures that need this home.
If you would like to enjoy and help protect this heritage please register to help us or donate to keep this very special place safe (to donate button).