re: Botany Bay

Subject: re: Botany Bay
From: Rod Gardner <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 14:40:40 +1100

I have heard that Phil Straw is the ornithological consultant for the container terminal extensions at Botany Bay. Clearly he would be the best person to answer your questions, but I'm not sure he is a regular on birding-aus.

I have heard - and this is second hand - that there are plans to build the terminal out into the bay, leaving the mudflats at Penrhyn Road open to the bay towards the south west. I have also heard there are plans to extend the mudflat area.  So in fact there may be an improvement to the area for waders in the long run. This is the sort of good news, if this is right, that we get all too rarely these days.

Maybe Phil can add more.


Hi birders,
Just back from a quick visit to Penrhyn Rd, Botany Bay North (Sydney)........
Has an official go-ahead been given to the container terminal extensions??? If not, I'd like to know what's going on, i.e. a widening of the road, removal of vegetation, work encroaching the bay itself!?!
I suspect access will very soon be denied to the likes of us and also to boat-ramp folk. Not much left of parking area..........!!
A few Black-tailed Godwits there today, among the Bar-tailed (3+) - and I ALMOST imagined a Grey Plover (the golden flecks of the P.G.P. get greyer the longer you stare....!).
Peter Madvig
(PS. With a name like mine, there's no hiding).
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