The Most Productive Non-Native Habitats in Aus

To: Sonja Ross <>
Subject: The Most Productive Non-Native Habitats in Aus
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 04:05:03 +0000
I am not sure about Australian golf courses but where I lived in Ottawa in
1991 was next to a golf course with lots of trees which I thought would be
good for birds.  Unfortunately not.  From December to April it was covered
with snow (great for skiing after work).  As my Canadian friends explained
once the snow melts the green keepers soak the place with insecticide to
protect the grass and no bugs = no food for birds so they go elsewhere.
WRT to cemeteries I suspect it depends on the attitude of the cemetery
managers.  The one at Gypsy Point (VIC) seems to be left unmown away from
the headstones and has a good collection of birds (and an excellent
collection of orchide in Spring).  By contrast the one at Mongarlowe (NSW)
often gets mown to bedrock (apparently because the adjacent RFS Unit feels
it looks bad for them to have vegetation nearby) and the one at Dalton
(NSW) gets lit up regularly by the RFS  because they think....(?).  Neither
of these are good birding or botanising spots when those policies are in

Martin Butterfield

On 6 August 2015 at 12:50, Sonja Ross <> wrote:

> Possibly golf courses and cemeteries too.
> Sonja
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