Richmond River Nature Reserve, South Ballina.
Richmond River Nature Reserve, South Ballina. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Annual fox-baiting program set to begin on July 1

THE annual fox-baiting program to protect threatened shorebirds on the Northern Rivers is about to begin.

National Parks and Wildlife Service pest management officer Lisa Wellman said the areas to be targeted were Brunswick Heads (north) and Richmond River nature reserves as well as the Broadwater and Bundjalung national parks.

"Baits will be laid in the coastal dunes and management trails of these coastal parks from July 1 until December 19," she said.

"The program has been successful in increasing Pied Oystercatcher fledgling numbers, one of the most significant populations of bird in the area.

"Last year the success of the baiting program in the South Ballina to Bundjalung National Park area produced 11 Pied Oystercatcher fledglings."



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