Dotterel & Project videos - ACT Healthy Waterways

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Subject: Dotterel & Project videos - ACT Healthy Waterways
From: Rosemary Blemings <>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:10:22 +0000
There were at least two Black-Fronted Dotterel alongside Parkwood Road, West Belconnen, at about 10.45 Sunday morning.
One adult and a juvenile were visible along the recently re-graded road exploring the puddles and ruts made by the graders. 
A female Scarlet Robin was seen on the fence. Skylarks were heard and seen there and on the approach road to the Parkwood precinct.

Hi Nick,
In relation to your Ibis incident. 
Here is some of the material about the H2 OK scheme in and for the ACT’s waterways.

There is a new sign at the Evatt wetlands but the only contact detail it gives is 13 22 81 ….the Access CBR number and the website.

When we have had talks about these wetlands we were told that the netting on each is regularly patrolled to avoid the situation you witnessed with the Ibis.
The nets were put in place to prevent hungry birds grazing on and pulling out the newly planted native reeds, sedges etc. 
The Goyder Street wetland is older than the the Evatt and Melba ones. I would have thought the nets could be removed by now at Goyder St. but that’s an inexpert observation.
There were several duck inside the netting when I was last at Evatt and Melba with their mates outside the nets.
They didn’t have the same urge to fly as the Ibis.

These wetlands, especially the newest ones, might be interesting now that we’ve had some rain.
The Evatt wetland was being sprayed under the nets on Wednesday 7th August. 

The dye was pink but I wondered what herbicide was being used on each germinated grass or weed that had dared grow amongst the sedges and reeds. 
What will be the herbicide’s effects on the creek’s water quality.


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