Dear bird brains,
I am currently working with the Nature Conservation
Working Group on the bush stone curlew population in the southern part of NSW,
in the Murray catchment.
I would appreciate site locations of
any birds seen or heard in the last couple of years.
The NCWG is a group of landholders, Greening
Australia, Rural lands protection board, govt depts, urban environmental
interest etc who have conducted a number of huge environmental projects in our
region. We have fenced 15000ha of remnants, constructed 15 seed production
areas and enhanced 5000ha of fenced remnants with understorey species, amongst
The group surveyed the whole NSW Murray catchment
as to whether they had seen/heard the curlew and what landholders wanted to do
to protect it, and have had back reports from lots of
However I am sure that we haven't got them
Landholders' rights to privacy have to be
respected, so I am only after rough locations ie road names and nearest town
The biggest threat to the curlew population here is
fox predation. We have established 1, and nearly finished another predator
proof fence around a pair of breeding curlews to enable them to nest in peace
and allow the chick predator free time to learn to fly.
We had success in our first year with a chick born
behind a fence in the Corowa area and surviving until adulthood. The first
on this property for 15 years.
we are aiming to construct a number of these
predator free sites across the catchment and also heavily fox bait and shoot
around curlew sites and have requested funding from the Environmental Trust, a
NSW EPA funding source.
So I would really appreciate any sitings
so we can help protect these birds which are endangered in
Ph (02) 60263297
Fax (02) 60263596
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