RE: Serious stuff about golf

To: "'Stephen Ambrose'" <>
Subject: RE: Serious stuff about golf
From: "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 09:43:46 +1000
> 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 Wingspan).
I think the golf course thread has just about outlived its use-by date.

However, I'd still make the point that we (including Birds Australia or
not) should still recognise that golf courses REPLACE bird habitat in
many places, rather than AUGMENT it.  I can think of only one golf
course (out of a dozen or so) that was initiated on farmland in my area,
rather than being carved out of native vegetation (it's gone broke BTW).
The reason why some golf courses are good for birding (ie. some birds
are easy to see there) is that the habitat that the golf course was
plonked into was good (or better) for birding too.  In most cases, even
if they are "birdy", golf courses are less complete habitats than what
they replaced; and in any case what about other biota than birds?  How
many golf courses are good places to see native mammals or butterflies
or frogs ....... ?  

> 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 due 
What about best practice when planning the course?  That is, why put it
in that woodland, when it could be put on that clapped-out bit of

It's fine & desirable to try and have an input into managing existing
golf courses with environmental sympathy, but I think we should also be
trying to instill that way of thinking BEFORE the off.

Lawrie Conole
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU