WATERBIRDS OF THE BROADWATER NATURE RESERVE – MORNING EXCURSION THIS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29
The Broadwater Nature Reserve is an important wetland located within the urban area of Busselton, yet it remains unknown to most people.
This coming Sunday September 29, the Busselton Naturalists Club is visiting the reserve, guided by Mary Craigie whose family owned this wetland and surrounding land for several generations.
In her younger days, Mary was a wildlife carer who rescued juvenile black swans from the wetland when water began to dry up in late spring while the swans were too young to fly off to more permanent wetlands.
On Sunday, Mary will explain the history of the reserve and guide us to various points adjoining the wetland where good views of swans, ducks and other waterbirds can be obtained. At least two pairs of swans are currently nesting on the wetland and it is likely a large number of birds will be seen using the area.
To take part in this excursion, people need to gather at 9.00am sharp at 36 Higgins Drive, Broadwater. Access is down Wagon Entrance which is opposite Ray Lodge on Bussell Highway, then turn turn left into Higgins Drive and we meet at a gate on the roundabout which leads past Mary’s house.
Participants should bring morning tea, a chair and, if possible, binoculars to view birds.
There is no cost to attend this excursion and members of the public are welcome to take part.
The wetland is well known for its tiger snakes so appropriate footwear and long trousers are strongly recommended.