Spotlighting; Playback

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Subject: Spotlighting; Playback
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 06:18:29 +1000

David Geering, Mon, 7 Jun 2004, wrote:

Going further, how many people would be aware that to spotlight in a NSW State Forest you need a permit from State Forests, which itself demands an ACEC authority?  Chances are many most people spotlighting on NSW State Forest land are doing so illegally.

And in Queensland, play-back of recorded bird-song may be illegal in some circumstances.  

Regulation 88(2) of the 1994 Nature Conservation Regulations,  reads, "a person must not use a radio, tape recorder, or other sound or amplifier system in a way that may cause unreasonable disturbance to a person or native animal in a protected area."  

I don't know if that regulation is still current but expect it to be.  

Playback of bird-song in the territory of a territorial male bird can cause that bird considerable distress and might reasonably be regarded as "unreasonable disturbance" of the bird.

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