RE: F O'C's response re spotlighting.

To: "'michael norris'" <>
Subject: RE: F O'C's response re spotlighting.
From: John Barkla <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 15:42:43 +1100
You suggested turning Werribee into a Minsmere.  Well, it is already 
happening.  The Melbourne Water Wildlife Consultative Committee is 
actively involved in a number of environmental projects to preserve, 
maintain and restore habitat for birds and other species.  We have 
created wetland habitat for migratory waders in Borrow Pits (waste 
areas where soil had been removed or "borrowed" for lagoon bank 
construction), we have fenced and replanted Ryan's Swamp and we are 
currently undertaking major re-vegetation projects on the Werribee and 
Little Rivers and the foreshore.  We are also updating the birdlist 
for Werribee and we are establishing a properly sign-posted bird 
trail.  One of our aims is to encourage far greater access by birders 
and others to one of the country's greatest birding assets.

All of this is being done with the generous financial support of 
Melbourne Water.

This will not transform Werribee into another Minsmere over-night, but 
give us another 5 years......who knows!

John Barkla
Wildlife Consultative Committee
Melbourne Water
Western Treatment Plant

From:  michael norris[SMTP:
Sent:  Friday, 21 November 1997 16:17
To:  Tony Russell
Subject:  Re: F O'C's response re spotlighting.

Know your enemy and don't attack your friends.

I've never seen a Plains Wanderer - probably never will since I'm 
up in working to retain some sense of natural heritage in an urban 
(I say probably because one turned up in Main Street, Diamond Creek,
30km NE of the centre of Melbourne on 6.9.97 - see Bird Observer 

But I've talked to others about Phil Maher's services and have been 
only that he emphasised all the time that the birds were to be 
- if you missed one called up by tape, hard luck.  About half the 
on the trips he led were from overseas bringing HARD CASH :) into 

More useful threads would be about: 25 ways to exert pressure to stop
native grassland being turned to rice fields; local efforts to use 
birds in ecotourism ; how can we use the experience of the British 
in creating reserves to promote birds (turn parts of Werribee into a
Minsmere?) ....

Michael Norris

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