Re: birding-aus Species cleansing

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Species cleansing
From: "Nigel Sterpin" <>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 19:08:11 +1000
I totally agree with your comments. What we need to do is increase the
planting natives in all areas even to the point of digging up foreign plants
for the purpose of this. At the end of the day the question is aesthetics or
I encourage all to approach their local councils to adopt a native
plantation policy and to ensure that existing and reclaimed land for public
use has natives of all shapes and sizes planted.
I am in the process at the moment of trying to get sponsors to buy the
abandoned brickworks site in Middleborough Road Burwood and convert it into
native bushland. Long shot I know, but I'll never have known otherwise!!!
Uroo, Nigel Sterpin

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To: Pat O'Malley <>
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Date: Thursday, 27 May 1999 14:44
Subject: Re: birding-aus Species cleansing

>Hi Pat
>Couple of points:  here in Melbourne there's a major road into the city
>(St Kilda St), littered with offices and high rise apartment blocks. A
>small public garden has proper bushes and hedges and White-browed
>Scrubwrens breed there. All too often our public open spaces - and
>increasingly house blocks - are stripped of understorey in which species
>like this can hide (eg. from sparrows which will "borrow" nesting
>material from other species).
>The Rainbow Lorikeets (as mentioned several times on Birding-Aus) are
>rapidly re-colonising Melbourne (having left about 100 years ago) partly
>because of the planting of eucalypts in streets and partly because they
>are bigger than Mynahs.
>Without appropriate planting only larger native birds will survive here.
>Michael Norris
>Hampton Vic.
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