Werribee Sewage Treatment Works

Subject: Werribee Sewage Treatment Works
From: Gil Langfield <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 18:12:29 +1000
I spent about 7 hours at "The Farm" today, my first visit since the gates were locked at weekends and the complicated key system was introduced. I saw 69 species, the same number that I saw at this time six years ago. Very few Ibis and no Pink-eared Ducks or Avocets were seen. They seem to be doing some excavation work near the Borrow Pit area (?) which will probably destroy the regular (until 9 months ago) habitat of the Black-tailed Native Hens. The Fairy Martins seem also to have disappeared from the usual spot on South Road

Interesting birds were a Gannet flying off the coast, a Horsfield's Bonze Cuckoo announcing the Spring in a bare tree, lots of Double-banded Plovers at Paradise Road at high tide, a Great Crested Grebe in the Little River and a mixed flock of House and Tree Sparrows.

Robert Berry's advice that the best way in is from the Point Wilson Road is correct. The way out via 65 West Road in order to drop the key at the Administration Building does have 2 locked gates and a closed gate. The G2 key does open a gate giving access to the top of the Werribee River escarpment but this road leads nowhere, contrary to the indications on the map. I did see in this area 2 pairs of Flame Robins.

I spoke to one of the employees, a friendly one this time, who thought that the G2 keys would soon be phased out since "everyone in Werribee has one".


Gil Langfield
Melbourne, Australia

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