As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Port Fairy Landcare group takes fight to save rare water bird's habitat to VCAT

A Landcare group heads to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to continue its fight to save the habitat of a protected bird species from a proposed development.

Each year, a small, brown Japanese water bird - the Latham's Snipe - migrates from the northern hemisphere to south-eastern Australia.
The rare bird is protected under several international agreements, including the Japan Australia Migratory Bird Agreement and by the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Jodie Honan of the South Beach Wetlands and Landcare Group says many of the birds flock to Port Fairy's Powling Street wetlands, which is made up of three ephemeral or seasonal wetlands.

"It comes to our part of the world to rest and to feed and get ready for its migration back to Japan."

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