Liverpool Plains Bird Surveys

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Subject: Liverpool Plains Bird Surveys
From: "Peter A. Ekert" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 14:35:10 +1000


A Birds Australia project funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and the Threatened Species Network (TSN)


Birds Australia has recently commenced a study of the birds of the Liverpool Plains. The Liverpool Plains are located in north-west NSW and comprise approximately 1.2 million hectares of some of Australia’s most productive land. The main towns in the area are Gunnedah and Quirindi, with villages such as Mullaley, Tambar Springs, Breeza, Carroll and Curlewis. The major landuses of the Liverpool Plains catchment are cropping and grazing. The study will determine the bird species found in the area. It will then develop recommendations for landholders on how they can manage their land to increase biodiversity and, therefore, farm sustainability.

To determine this, Birds Australia has proposed to conduct some on-ground surveys of the Liverpool Plains Catchment and invites interested people to get involved. The surveys will identify areas that are important for woodland birds. They will also be instrumental in developing specific guidelines on how landholders can manage their land sustainably. By participating in the surveys, you will not only be aiding the research, you’ll also get to learn about the birds of the Liverpool Plains and the factors that affect them.


The surveys will comprise of two types.

  1. Ongoing Birds Australia Atlas surveys on public lands across the Liverpool Plains region. We encourage any individual birdwatchers/birdwatching clubs and groups intending to travel through and/or visiting the Liverpool Plains region, to conduct Atlas surveys across areas of public land (i.e. State Forests, Stock Routes, public reserves etc) in the Liverpool Plains region. We also encourage those surveyors to complete Atlas Habitat sheets, and/or unusual sightings. There are a number of public accessible sites within the region that have currently not been surveyed and it would be fantastic if we could obtain some data for these areas.

  3. The second type of surveys will be targeted surveys on landholders private land. These surveys will involve small groups of birdwatchers conducting Atlas surveys on private land with the Birds Australia Project Co-ordinator during the months of October-December. At this point we have a number of landholders who have given us permission to conduct surveys on their land and we hope that many more will come onboard over the following weeks. During these surveys, at some survey locations, permission may be given to us to bush camp on the landholders private property. This will depend on the discretion of the landholder, and all volunteers will be notified prior to the surveys of the whether bush camping is allowed on the particular owner’s land. If not, there are many options for accommodation within the region. Surveys will occur on weekends.

We currently have a number of people interested in these surveys, but require more. If you are interested in participating in any of these surveys and you require more detailed information, feel free to contact:

Peter A. Ekert
Birds Australia Project Co-ordinator 
(Liverpool Plains Woodland Bird Project (North NSW))

The Wetlands Centre
PO Box 292
Ph. 02 49516466  
Mob.  0410566104     Fax.  02 49501875



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