Want to be in the Easter bird check?

BirdLife International has identified areas of conservation importance around the world as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). This includes KBAs right here in our region. Our KBAs were designated especially for their importance for two special birds, Diamond Firetail and Swift Parrot, and cover both public and private land.

The three KBAs in the Mount Alexander Shire are Clydesdale-Strangways, Sandon-Strathlea and Muckleford-Newstead.

Sandon State forest: Sandon is one of the key biodiversity areas in our region, along with Clydesdale-Strangways and Muckleford Newstead.

Birdlife’s Easter health check takes an annual snapshot of the threat and conservation actions of the areas that matter most to birds. BirdLife compares results between KBAs across Australia and around the globe. The results are extremely valuable, especially for identifying species decline and targeting conservation work.

BirdLife is looking for local people to complete a 2019 Easter health check for each KBA. To help, Connecting Country is running a workshop on Friday 12 April 2019 in Newstead.   Greg Turner from BirdLife Victoria will talk through the process for our part of the Bendigo Box Ironbark area. Geoff Nevill from the Muckleford Forest Friends Group will also talk about his group’s work in the region.

This annual check is all about assessing habitat and its threats. Anyone with an interest in landscape restoration is most welcome to come along and get involved, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher. Come  to this workshop to learn how you can participate in the Easter Health Check: 

  • Learn about the KBA’s in the Mount Alexander Shire.
  • Find out about KBA Easter Health Check – what it is and how to do it.
  • Meet other people working with KBAs.

Where: Newstead Community Centre Mechanics Hall, 9 Lyons St, Newstead VIC, on Friday 12 April 2019: 9.00 to 11.30 am. It’s free, with morning tea and refreshments provided.

To book, click hereIf you have any questions, please contact Ivan Carter at Connecting Country on (03) 5472 1594 or ivan@connectingcountry.org.au.

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2 Responses to Want to be in the Easter bird check?

  1. Karen Baker says:


    I would love to be involved in the Easter Health Check but will not be in the area for the workshop on Friday as I am returning from NSW on Friday evening.

    Is it possible to be involved without the sorkshop guide to participation? Very exciting event.


    Karen Baker

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