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Public Invited to See Unique Lake Haven for Birds

Great Knots 2 v2

One of the country’s best bird-watching spots is in the spotlight this weekend.

The Tolderol Game Reserve Wetlands on Lake Alexandrina is being celebrated at a free open day and BBQ lunch this Sunday 8 December.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin Wetlands Officer Sam Hardy said the wetland provides crucial habitat for a variety of bird species thanks to the collective work of volunteers, non-for-profit groups, the state and federal governments and a successful environmental watering program.

“The contribution the wetland makes to regional biodiversity is remarkable - it is an absolute haven for migratory shorebirds that travel thousands of kilometres to Australia from Siberia each year,” he said.

“A total of 15 migratory bird species, more than 80 water bird species and nine species of national conservation significance now use the wetland since the watering program was re-instated in 2014, thanks to passionate volunteers.

“The curlew sandpiper, ruff, Australasian bittern and glossy ibis are just a few of the interesting species that visitors can expect to see on the reserve now.”

Recently, great knot, a rare shorebird species, have been observed using the Tolderol Game Reserve Wetlands, the first recording of the species at the site.

“Why not come along to the open day, on Sunday 8 December 2019, and soak in the ambiance and enjoy what this unique wetland has to offer?” Mr Hardy said.

“There will be guided tours with experienced birdwatchers, the latest news on what’s happening at the reserve, children’s activities and BBQ lunch provided.

“We are asking the public to register early as bus tours seats are limited and in case of event changes due to fire danger days."

To register for the event email [email protected] or phone mobile:
0428 613 704.

Photo at top: Peter Koch - Two great knots (first record of rare shorebird species using Tolderol Game Reserve Wetlands) foraging in the foreground, with a pied stilt in the background.