Macleay Valley bird watching guide

Community life - 25 April 2017

Visitors and residents will now have the opportunity to get up close and personal with birdlife across the region with the launch of a new guide.

The Bird Watching guide to the Macleay Valley has been developed by the Macleay Landcare Network and author and bird expert Peter West with the support of Kempsey Shire Council and North Coast Local Land Services.

The guide showcases the 309 species of birds that can be found in the region, key bird watching hotspots, common birds to look out for, and the facilities at each site.

Council’s Economic Sustainability Officer, Kristy Forche-Baird, said with bird watching becoming increasingly popular in Australia, the guide could play a key role in attracting more tourists to the valley.

“With temperate, subtropical, coastal, and rainforest environments the diversity of bird life in the Macleay Valley is pretty amazing. The guide will make it easy for localsand domestic and international travellers to see all of the different species of birds,” she said.

“It will also support the bird watching material already present on Council’s tourism website, Macleay Valley Coast.”

Macleay Landcare will launch the guide at the Gladstone Hall in Kinchela Street on Saturday, April 29 from 10am until 3:30pm. Everyone welcome.

The event will include an information session by Peter West, who will share his knowledge about bird watching skills, identification, migratory patterns, what birds feed on, survival, breeding patterns, and a myriad of other information.

It will be followed by an afternoon field trip to Boyters Lane Wetland

Copies of the guide will be available at the launch, at the Macleay Landcare office, at the Kempsey and South West Rocks Visitor Information Centres, and will be uploaded to the Macleay Valley Coast tourism website 

To attend the free launch please RSVP by 27 April to Ann at Macleay Landcare on 0458 945 586

Cover of Bird Watching guide to the Macleay ValleyThe Bird Watching guide to the Macleay Valley will be launched on Saturday 29 April