Access excess

Subject: Access excess
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 01:30:15 +1200
Hi folks

This has been another rivetting thread - mainly because it's something that 
gets the blood sitrring for so many with various points of view to shout about.

It is important to maintain access to areas of high birding significance - but 
I can understand that landowners can be easily put off side by rubbish, having 
to tow people out of bogs (they can't really leave them there, can they), 
disturbance to stock & crops, etc.

Another issue not really addressed in this discussion is that of keeping hordes 
of people away from sensitive areas or species whose breeding may suffer from 
over-visitation. Oops - almost back into the old 'disclosure' thread ...:-(

I don't think we need to churn over the same comments any more - but if anyone 
has something new to say on the access issue, let's hear it, please.

Can I suggest the article in last weekend's Herald/Age etc: "How to stuff a 
Cassowary" - there is a chilling account of what one farmer did after he 
discovered a researcher who used his property was allied with an active 
conservation group.  (The study site was felled, a cassowary was shot, the 
researcher was banished, etc)

By the way, whilst I think that 'whistleblowing' plays an important part in 
helping justice along, please remember that most whilstles are directed at the 
relevant authorities.  i.e. complaints and evidence are best sent to local 
authorities, wildlife agencies, gov't departments etc.  Naming names on 
Birding-Aus is much the same as doing it in the Sydney Morning Herald  - OK you 
can't wrap your garbage in old birding-aus articles - but you can still end up 
in court if your message contains anything defamatory.  Remember that 
birding-aus messages can be read by ANYONE on the Internet. Please be careful 
with what you write in this forum, and avoid anything you are unsure about.  
Some conversations will be better kept in private!  


Russell Woodford
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