Bush Stone Curlews @ UQ St Lucia

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Subject: Bush Stone Curlews @ UQ St Lucia
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:55:09 +1000

So we went for wander down the back of the art museum at the University of Qld this morning. They are doing up (repaving) the car park where the Bush Stone Curlews are usually found. Big disruption to their usual hang out and we only saw one solitary BSC sitting forlornly on the ground in the thin strip of bushes they've left running along the fringe of the development area along the fenced off path. Does anyone have any information about recent sightings of these birds in the university precinct? This area is usually reliable for them but of course with all the development activity I hope they've not been frightened off for good.

Pointedly there was a sign posted to the wire fencing they've erected around the development warning people to be careful of the curlews and their breeding from September to December. Judging by the state of the disturbance they won't be breeding this year. Also does anyone know how one would point out to the university that the inevitable landscape gardening that will follow after the parking area is completed ought to be friendly to the BSCs?



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