Tonia Cochran, Inala Bruny

The first lady of Australian birding and the unsung heroine of Bruny Island, Tonia will almost certainly have a rescued baby white wallaby or pademelon snuggled under her fleece when you first meet her on Bruny Island. One of Tasmania’s greatest conservationists and a qualified biologist, Tonia runs her guiding business from her 500 acre farm, Inala (‘peaceful place’) on South Bruny, home to 94 bird species including all 12 endemics and 6 endangered species. She runs private tours from here, with lovely accommodation on site, as well as escorting guided tours all over Australia. Her latest project at Inala is Gondwanaland, a fantastic interpretation of how Tasmania was millions of years go when dinosaurs walked where today the only white wallabies in the world enjoy a peaceful and undisturbed life free from predators. Bubbly, huge fun to be with, and much loved by everyone who has the pleasure to meet her, Tonia is a regular face at the UK’s Birdfair at Rutland Water where she also gives talks on Tasmania’s bird and wildlife - when she isn’t being sought out by her many British friends who have enjoyed special times at Inala with her.