RFI: artificial watering points & impacts on birds

Subject: RFI: artificial watering points & impacts on birds
From: David Clark <>
Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:38:54 +1100

I'm not sure that dams were removed at Ned's Corner.  The property is/was
watered from the Murray and I think it was more a matter of decommissioning
water troughs.

You may be aware that huge sums of money are being spent to provide
environmental flows on Walpolla, Mulcra and Lindsay Islands and to Lake
Walla Walla.  The flooding of Lake Walla Walla (now dry) after decades as a
dry lake has resulted in large numbers of Black-tailed Native-hens; a
species I haven't seen before in that area.  While the flooding is
attempting to replicate natural water flows, it is very much an artificial
regime and may qualify as man-made watering points.

As Laurie has pointed out, the rationale for closing the water points is
one of the control measures for feral animals and kangaroos.



On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM, <> wrote:

> A request for members.
> I am trying to compile information on the impact of man-made watering
> points on birds and keen to hear or be advised on any relevant references
> etc with respect to dry country birds in particular.
> I am aware that dams were fenced or removed at Gluepot in South Australia
> and understand a similar process has been undertaken at the Trust for
> Nature property at Neds Corner in Victoria.  The rationale and outcomes of
> this work is of interest.
> cheers, Martin O'Brien
> Melbourne
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