Contractors for Transdev, the operators of the light rail system, have removed extensive areas of flora beside the track in Leichhardt and Annandale. Adjacent to the Hawthorne Canal and Blackmore Oval in Leichhardt the Blue Wren habitat has been totally destroyed and the birds are no longer present, and there has been similar destruction of a small wetlands area which had provided habitat for frogs. In Annandale the banks of flora adjacent to the track alongside The Crescent at the western end of Rozelle Bay have been denuded, again removing habitat for small birds. It is disappointing that Transdev has demonstrated a failure to consider biodiversity issues and to accept responsibility for the proper care of land in its custody.
The City will be replanting the Glebe Town Hall Garden with Blue Wren friendly natives at the same time as the biodiversity garden is established in John Street Reserve.
Early morning of Sunday 26 October is the time and date of the Blue Wren Subcommittee’s Spring Bird Survey, which is now to be an annual event. All Society members are invited to join in with us as we are assisted by Sophie Golding (Urban Ecology Coordinator, City Of Sydney) to survey birds as they put in their appearance between dawn and the surveyors’ very well deserved breakfast at a Glebe Point Rd café. It’s an enjoyable event. Details will be published in coming Bulletins.