Re: Serious stuff about golf

To: Russell Woodford <>
Subject: Re: Serious stuff about golf
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 21:46:44 +1100
> I liked Scott O'Keefe's comments (and follow-up from various others) about
> trying to get golf course designers & developers to think a bit laterally
> and provide some decent habitat and proper wildlife corridors rather than
> grassy green deserts.  There are a few courses that do this - maybe
> unconsciously - so let's do some lobbying and get them to think about it.
> I think that this is one of the really worthwhile things that BIRDS
> AUSTRALIA can do.
> Russell Woodford

Dear Russell,

I refer you to my message that I sent to Birding-Aus earlier today. Birds 
Australia IS 
actively involved in advising golf clubs about making their courses more 
suitable for 
birds and other wildlife. YOU and everyone else can help in this process by 
taking part 
in the Birds On Golf Courses Project (see p20 of the March 1997 issue of 

Some golf courses in Europe and North America have already been shown to be 
birds. A total of 25% of Europe's bird species were found on 8 selected 
European golf 
courses in a recent survey. The Audubon Society in has shown that remnant 
vegetation on 
some North American golf courses are important flyways for migratory birds. 
Let's see 
how Australian golf courses stand up to such scrutiny!

I also repeat my earlier point that the Australian golfing industry is drawing 
up a code 
of best practice for environmental management of their courses. This has been 
largely to public pressure imposed upon them, but also as a means of running 
courses cost-effectively. It covers issues such as recycling water for 
irrigation and 
water runoff, use of fertilisers and pesticides, habitat clearance and 
modification, and 

There are obviously some courses in Australia which are "green deserts", but 
there are 
many clubs which are serious and sensible environmental managers. I think we 
should help 
all golf clubs improve their environmental management by offering sound 
advice, rather than unduly criticising them. This way, the golfers can enjoy 
their golf 
and we can enjoy the birds.

Dr Stephen Ambrose
Research and Conservation Manager.

Birds Australia (formerly Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union).
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East,
VIC   3123.

Tel:    (03) 9882 2622.
Fax:    (03) 9882 2677.
Email:  S.Ambrose <>  (at work)
          (at home)

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