Pied oystercatchers 4x4s on beaches.

Subject: Pied oystercatchers 4x4s on beaches.
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 15:08:37 +1100
During a trip to Myall lakes north of Newcastle earlier this year, I was
disturbed to see the beaches there , which I had imagined to be pristine,
turned into a 4x4 highway.
There was no time to sit and take in the view and the birdlife , one was
constantly dodging 4x4's. I know that in South Africa where I come from, the
African Black Oystercatcher's habitat is virtually the same territory that
4x4 owners ride roughshod over so there is legislation proposed to try and
keep these lumbering monstrosities off our beaches. My question ( at last )
is , what legislation is there to keep 4x4 owners off the beaches here and
if there is ,is it enforced to any degree . Is the Pied Oystercatcher
threatened due to 4x4 traffic?
Antony Day

Dear Anthony and other -aussers

When I camped at Mungo Brush (Myall Lakes) about 6 years ago, the Nat. Parks people had erected barriers to stop fisher louts taking their 4WDs on the beach; but these had been vandalised or just bushbashed around. Also the beach was being used as a more reliable track from Seal Rocks than the very degraded track running just behind the dunes.

Perhaps it is something us birders and clubs should take up with the Nat. Parks/local authorities to see if something more effective and enforceable can be set up ?

Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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