Scrubwrens in inner west Sydney

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Subject: Scrubwrens in inner west Sydney
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 08:28:57 +0000
Back in 1989 (I think) Warringal Conservation Society organised a major 
planting on the banks of Banyule Billabong, (Heidelberg) with the 
co-operation of (then) Heidelberg City Council.  The cover was then 
blackberries and hawthorn under ancient Red Gums - with plenty of 
Scrubwrens and Blue Wrens.  We persuaded the Council that on NO account 
were the blackberries to be removed until the new plantings were 
well-grown.  It worked, though as the trees and shrubs have grown up 
into a more open woodland the smaller birds are now less noticeable.

Anthea Fleming

On 6/09/2017 5:34 PM, Michael Tarburton wrote:
>   G’day Chris
> It looks like both White-browed Scrubwrens and Superb Fairy-wrens will 
> re-colonise areas they have been exterminated from - but it may take a long 
> time .
> I spent a couple of hundred hours studying these scrub wrens in Wurundjeri 
> Walk in Melbourne 1989-1993 and found that they spent most time in the 
> blackberries along the creek, and second-most time in the native Goodenia.  
> They spent most time in the thickets quietly feeding.  Council then took over 
> the park and we started planting native shrubs and trees.  Council took note 
> of my work for five years and then sprayed the blackberries (our work had 
> taken us overseas) while the Superb Fairy-wrens were nesting in them.  We 
> arrived back in Melbourne a few days later and saw a Fairy-wren at its nest - 
> looking very conspicuous as the leaves shrivelled and fell off.  Both species 
> disappeared.  Fairy-wrens have been seen this year - but did not stay.  
> Scrub-wrens never seen again.  They would have to come from Blackburn Lake 
> reserve about 2-3 km away.
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