Do the right thing at Mt Lyndhurst Station

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Subject: Do the right thing at Mt Lyndhurst Station
From: knightl <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 20:09:41 +1000
After having a yak with the Scammells and with the ranger at the info centre at Tibooburra, it is clear that it is important that birders do the right thing when they go twitching the chestnut-breasted whiteface.

There are probably a lot of landholders who curse the day that Thomas and Thomas visited their patch. T&T don't discuss the niceties of getting access to private holdings and a lot of twitchers annoy the landholders by camping and traipsing about without permission. The ranger at Tibooburra regularly gets a earful from Wompah station, and the lignum swamp much visited by twitchers seeking grey grasswrens is now off-limits.

In the case of the two-gate whiteface spot, it is a privilege to have access to a spot where it is easy to find an endemic species that is not regularly found elsewhere. The Scammells provide access to that site, and it was apparent to me that the vegetation in that paddock was in much better condition than that in the neighbouring paddocks. They make a bit of money from allowing people to stay in the shearers quarters, but their primary focus is on pastoralism.

It is important that twitchers chasing the whiteface [or grasswrens] don't aggravate the Scammells by not getting permission or [particularly] camping at the T&T sites.

Personally, I think that people who see the chestnut-breasted whiteface on their property should make a donation [of say $10] if they don't stay in the shearers quarters - I think it is fair that the Scammells get a bit of a return from permitting access and maintaining the vegetation in good condition for the birds, rather than closing it off and running more stock on it.

Regards, Laurie.

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