Osprey nest burns

To: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Subject: Osprey nest burns
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:52:27 +0930
I’ve been in Arnhem Land with relatives as they lit fires to ‘clean up’ the 
country.  The fires, mainly burning in widely-spaced, single-stemmed 
speargrass, were relatively cool and slow-moving.  In other parts of the Top 
End gamba grass has changed the fire regime completely and we’re seeing 
widespread habitat loss from destructive, gamba-fuelled fires.


On 13 Sep 2018, at 11:19 am, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

> For thousands of years aboriginal people have been setting fires, to flush,
> hunt, barbeque, etc, a range of wildlife or as a means of maintaining
> vegetation in a particular manner. As far as I am aware they did not have
> any fire fighting methods. We tend to view that in a positive bias now. We
> think it was sustainable because it was mostly small scale, in patches and
> without the immense scale habitat loss that European settlement has created.
> Philip
> On Fri, 7 Sep 2018 at 19:00, Tony Ashton <> wrote:
>> A sombre Hi all,
>> A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service burn in Town Common Conservation
>> Park yesterday destroyed an active Osprey nest - with, possibly, loss of
>> unseen eggs or young (female on and off nest for several months). Dead
> nest
>> tree fell. Only one of the three resident Ospreys close by today. Probably
>> last year's youngster, late and yet to go off on its own, nervily calling
>> and being harassed by Black Kites looking for after-burn pickings.
>> Tony Ashton
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