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Office of Conservation

NEWS and topics of relevance to bird conservation:


Mason Park: Turning the Tide for Shorebirds.


Birding NSW congratulates volunteers of BirdLife Southern NSW who have done tremendous remedial work at Mason Park Wetlands in collaboration with Strathfield Council. The work involved clearing masses of mangrove seedlings from the central wetland which had almost completely covered roosting and feeding mudflats used by waders, many of them migratory. Other works that remain include improving tidal flows from Parramatta River.

Strathfield Council later provided contractors to assist clearing the heavily forested northern section of the wetland. It is now important that the wider birding community know about this work and the need for ongoing maintenance.

Unfortunately, this news was too late to include in the Birding NSW October-November Newsletter so anyone interested in joining the Friends of Mason Park Wetland group can contact them directly at that address. 

(Disclaimer: The Editorial Office and Committee of Birding NSW take all care to verify material published on the website and in print. The authors remain responsible for images and opinions expressed and should be contacted prior to quotations)

A comment from Birdlife Southern NSW

“BirdLife Southern NSW has several concerns regarding the content of the video but in particular at around 4 mins in. Several long term surveyors share our concern.

It is incorrect to state that shorebird numbers have crashed in Mason Park alone – a ‘population decline not reflected in other sites in the area or across the country.’ This is our greatest point of concern.

This statement ignores the long-term shorebird counts in the Parramatta River estuary and indeed further afield – where nearly all shorebird  numbers have declined significantly.”


Letters sent from the Conservation Desk on environmental conservation matters pertaining to native avifauna.

Cats Roaming free

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP  on Water Murray Darling Basin

Birding NSW Warragamba Dam Wall enquiry

Letter against raising Warragamba dam wall

Ayres replies on raising Warragamba Wall

Regional Forest Agreements (RFA), an OBJECTION to renewals

Letter on Proposed closure of Wallaby Scrub Road Warkworth

RE: the Shooting of Waterfowl in Eastern Australia for Sport

Letter objecting to the proposed new location of Kogarah Golf Club.

A letter objecting to the Santos Plan to mine Coal Seam Gas in the Pilliga State Forest of NSW.

NSW FOC letter Ingleside

Objection to proposed re-zoning of Native Forest at 55 Coonara Ave. West Pennant Hills

Plans to reserve land, The Bells Line of Road Castlereagh Corridor and Outer Sydney Orbital

The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan


Letters to major retailers on single use plastic bags

NSW Field Ornithologists Plastic Bags Coles

NSW Field Ornithologists Plastic Bags Woolies

Reply from Woolworths to a letter on the abolition of single use plastic bags


Ian Bailey’s response to a very disappointing radio interview with Wendy Harmer on 702 on Friday

Gabriell Upton Minister Environment and Local Govt.

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