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 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,” she said.
“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 locals and domestic and international travellers to see all of the different species of birds.
“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 on Kinchela St, 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.
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: macleayvalleycoast.com.au
To attend the free launch please RSVP by Thursday, April 27 to Ann at Macleay Landcare on 0458 945 586.