Bird watchers ponder if the Vasse Wonnerup Estuary system is of world si

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From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 21:41:58 +1000
Curious, I don't recall coming across anything to suggest that there was a lot of wader activity in the Vasse Wonnerup Estuary system ...

Regards, Laurie.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007. 10:12am (AEDT)

Bird watchers ponder if estuary system of world significance

Bird watchers in south-west Western Australia are trying to establish whether the Vasse Wonnerup Estuary system could be classified as one of the world's important bird areas.

The 20 square kilometre area is already recognised as a wetland of international significance and local bird watchers believe it may also qualify as being a bird conservation area.

The president of the Busselton Naturalists Club, Bernie Masters, says four surveys will be undertaken this year to assess the types of species in the estuary system and how many there are.

Mr Masters says the important bird area status would be great for tourism.

"International bird tourism is actually quite a big part of the international tourism market and we'd be one of only a few numbers of places in Australia where people would be guaranteed to see good numbers of birds of a certain number of varieties," he said.


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