Etiquette on private property

Subject: Etiquette on private property
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 07:46:01 +1000
This has been given a fair airing on birding-aus in the past but it has 
raised it's ugly head again.  What am I talking about - birdwatchers 
trespassing on private property!  Although it is much more than likely 
that the offenders are not on birding-aus it affects all of us.

Last Thursday while in the Capertee Valley one of the local landholders 
related to me that he had recently discovered a small group of 
birdwatchers on his property quite some distance from the road.  This 
particular landholder is one that we have worked with for quite some time. 
 I regularly access his place to search for Regents and monitor breeding 
attempts and one of our largest revegetation sites (~ 40 ha) is on his 
property.  Understandably though, he likes to know who is on his place and 

When confronted the birdwatchers made things worse by presenting 
themselves as being with the Capertee Valley Regent Honeyeater Group. This 
landholder is no fool and is aware that we always contact him prior to 
entering his property.  I was quick to also point this out to him and 
suggested that he make this clear to any of his neighbours should they 
have problems with trespassers!

This incident got my blood up a bit.  Not only were these people doing the 
wrong thing but they potentially jeopardised the great work that is going 
on in the valley conserving woodland birds.

If you happen to be in the Capertee Valley please bear in mind that the 
other side of the fence is someone's property.  Just as you wouldn't like 
someone you didn't know wandering around your yard they are perfectly 
justified  in not appreciating people wandering around theirs.

Glad that's off my chest.

David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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