By Alice BurnetJan. 15, 2014, 7 a.m.
URUNGA locals are inordinately proud of their seaside town, and appreciation of this gem of a location is apparently shared by the rare Beach Stone-curlew.
The Beach Stone-curlew is listed as an endangered species and while it has been observed around the North Coast of Australia, it has largely disappeared, and is now rarely spotted on ocean beaches.
In fact, the Australian population may be as few as 15 breeding pairs.
The range and distribution of the species, within NSW, is thought to have contracted as a result of urban, industrial and recreational development and activities on the coastal area.
So, to have a breeding pair of the Beach Stone-curlew at Urunga, is quite a coup.