Australia's Fivebough & Tuckerbil wins award
Fivebough & Tuckerbil Ramsar site, Australia: wins award - hosts Australian Birdfair in Nov 07
Ramsar afficionados may recall the wonderful story of the Fivebough & Tuckerbil wetlands in New South Wales, Australia. They were designated as a Ramsar site in 2002 in place of a proposal to flood Fivebough Swamp under a recreational lake. Since then local community, industry and government agencies have formed the Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetlands Trust, uniting the Leeton community, and undertaken one of the most exemplary cases of management and restoration and provision of visitor facilities we are likely to find with the Register of Wetlands of International Importance.
The Trust's very impressive work, its management plan, and news on the wetlands (including data on wildlife sightings) can all be viewed at: http://fivebough.org.au/
This excellent work has been recognised with the Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetlands Trust winning the best eco-tourism prize in the 2007 Inland NSW Tourism Awards on the 29th July: http://www.inlandtourismawards.com.au/
Not content with merely winning awards, the Trust will host in Leeton the 2nd Australian Birdfair on 15-18 November 2007. See: http://www.australianbirdfair.org.au/ Anyone with an interest in Australian birds and wetlands conservation should not miss the opportunity to participate in this event with local and national experts, and in a community that will provide visitors with excellent hospitality (and great local produce from their vineyards and orchards).
In my visit there last weekend, the Trust's Chair, Mike Schultz, quickly located 11 Brolgas and the first of the thousands of Glossy Ibis expected for the spring. If you are near Australia this is a Ramsar site you must see.
Regards - Jamie Pittock
(Mr) Jamie Pittock
WWF Research Associate
(Former Director, WWF Global Freshwater Programme)
GPO Box 408
Canberra ACT 2601