NSW Nature Reserves and Birdwatching

Subject: NSW Nature Reserves and Birdwatching
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 21:23:21 +1000
My understanding of the situation in Queensland is that permission may be required to go onto a Scientific Reserve, which may have something to do with the protection of endangered species or ecosystems. I also suspect that park management can close off access to certain parts of the reserves for various reasons. Camping is certainly an activity that is coming under increasing regulation.

Regards, Laurie.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at 08:27  PM, Andrew Taylor wrote:

Incidentally on our last trip we had been approached by a ranger from NPWS who asked us to advise the Cobar office each time we visited the
   nature reserves.  Accordingly we phoned Cobar Office prior to this
   trip and received something of a grilling about why we wished to go
there before the visit was sanctioned by the Regional Manager. It was pointed out to us that nature reserves (as opposed to national parks)
   are not open to the public but rather are areas set aside for
scientific research and conservation of flora and fauna. The Regional Manager, in sanctioning our visit, asked for some photographs of the
   birds in the park, which we will provide.

I noticed this on the canberrabirds list from Lindsay Hansch - who I
don't know, and hope doesn't mind being quoted.

I've heard this said said before about nature reserves, but I things its incorrect. Birdwatching falls squarely inside one of legislated purposes for NSW nature reserves: "the promotion of public appreciation, enjoyment
and understanding of the nature reserve's natural and cultural values".


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