Unnatural Heritage Trust

Subject: Unnatural Heritage Trust
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 22:02:29 +1100 ( )
On Wed, 9 Feb 2000, Richard Dilena wrote:
> At the risk of wading in to a debate above me, I tend to think that Denise
> Goodfellow's reply "not everyone is as knowledgeable as you!" has hit the
> nail on the head. I admit that the opening paragraph has some figures pulled
> out of someone's rear end (as Keith Egan said I doubt that much thought went
> into the phrase "more than 1000 species gracing our sky" etc), but as a
> publication for the masses, I thought it wasn't too bad.  ...

Actually it say "more than 1000 varieties" which seems a reasonable
statement of the number of subspecies  - I believe Schodde and Mason list
over 700 passerine subspecies.  Criticism of a poorly-written foreword
seems pretty trivial to me and the 12 projects covered in the brochure
sound great.

Having said that, the brochure does nothing to reassure me about
the serious concerns raised about the NHT, see:

Most of the 12 projects mentioned in the prochure mainly concern
endangered species (which is great) but according to the SMH piece
only 21 of ~1500 NHT projects  are endangered species projects which is
very worrying.


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