Nest Egg for Brolga, Curlew, Plains-wanderer

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Subject: Nest Egg for Brolga, Curlew, Plains-wanderer
From: Keith Stockwell <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 16:20:22 +1000
Hi all,

Murray CMA (covering much of the southern part of NSW) has announced a
novel incentive programme, developed in conjunction with CSIRO and the
Australian government,to encourage land-holders in the Murray Catch-ment of
NSW to develop suitable on-farm habitat for Plains-wanderers, Brolgas and
Bush Stone Curlews.

NestEgg is a habitat improvement programme which encourages land-holders to
undertake and implement on-farm management actions to benefit three
ground-nesting birds: Plains-wanderer, Brolga and Bush Stone Curlew.
NestEgg encourages farmers to apply for funds by submitting bids for works
to encourage these birds to breed. They decide on what measures they could
take and cost them.

Bonus payments
NestEgg offers upfront payment to participating land-holders and then
offers bonus payments for sound natural resource management outcomes.
Additional set bonus payments are available where land-holders maintain
good habitat and for the presence and successful breeding of the three
species over the three-year life of their agreement.

Successful bids incorporate management actions to improve the birds' key
habitat features. For example, a Brolga project may include managing water
in a wetland where the bird breeds (to maintain a suitable wetting and
drying regime), controlling foxes, or strategically grazing the wetland to
ensure indigenous vegetation is a suitable height and condition for Brolgas
Round one tenders have, I think, just closed. At least 30 land-holders have
submitted tenders.

Wildlife information sessions
Murray CMA  has been running a second round of 'Wildlife Wonderments'
information sessions across the Riverina. The seminars and field days
presented the results of bird and wildlife surveys undertaken by
ornithologist and wildlife ecologist Matthew Herring.

The aim of the wildlife surveys is to improve participation in restoration
and regeneration, and active management of local wildlife habitat. The
sessions play a role in providing land-holders with the knowledge and
support to better manage vegetation and wildlife on their farms.
Thousands of people have attended Matt's sessions over the past few years.
A third round of information sessions is about to get under way. A colour
brochure is being produced. For details contact Murray CMA.

Keith Stockwell


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