Learn about the birds in your yard

Byron Shire Council is hosting a ‘Birds in Backyards’ workshop in conjunction with the Australian Museum and Birds Australia, next Monday.
The council’s natural resources team leader, Scott Hetherington, said the program was developed as a partnership between the Australian Museum and Birds Australia to help stop the decline of small birds in urban areas and to offer practical advice on providing native bird habitats in urban environments.
The workshop provides practical advice on developing habitats for native birds and to better understand the importance of birds as indicators of environmental conditions.
The free workshop will be held in the council’s conference room, Station Street, Mullumbimby, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
Bookings can be made with Lizzie Rose on 0414 940 284, or email
The council also has a biodiversity extension service to assist landholders to restore native vegetation and improve wildlife habitats across the shire. As part of this service, a list of birds spotted and recorded in Byron Shire is available to download from the council’s biodiversity web pages at
“Using a list like this can help you come to know the birds that live in your backyard,” said the council’s biodiversity extension officer, Wendy Neilan.
“People can pin the list in a prominent place, like their fridge, and over time tick off the birds they see around their homes and properties.
“Some birds will be familiar friends all year round, like figbirds and fairy wrens, whereas others will come and go with the seasons, like dollar birds and channel-billed cuckoos, which are summer breeding migrants from PNG, Indonesia and Northern Australia.”

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