Some good points being made here, I kind of like Grant's view
Why cant a great birding location be protected for the sake of birds?
Are Hall's Babbler, Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, Bourke's Parrot,
Grey Falcon, Black-breasted Buzzard, Redthroat and White-browed
Treecreepers really that common in Western Qld?
Exactement! Sure, it'd be lovely to have the place surrounded by
national parks, and there may perhaps be other shangri-la's that
might be more diverse, but this is somewhat hypothetical. I
would not be too dismissive about the size of the place either,
looking at some of the private
reserves in South Africa, FNQ and elsewhere they are not exactly huge.
The chance is now, the price is very reasonable, some very worthwhile
science research is
on-going there (despite sneers about it only being valued by birders)
and there is a possibility
of managing it as a going concern rather than a restoration project.
That was my bit about the apparent management costs, as if you ran it
with low density
stocking you might maintain a very interesting status quo and generate
some income. Be good
to see more conservation projects with the chance to generate their own
funds, and the education centre possibilities would bear some analysis.
Let's hope something emerges from all this,
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