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160 native bird species on show at Mulligans Flat

My Gungahlin20 October 2012

160 native bird species on show at Mulligans Flat

Get your walking shoes on for the Mulligans Bird Walk and bring your binoculars for a close up look at amazing bird life.

“Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is one of the best bird watching spots in the ACT, with its different habitats providing a home and feeding place for more than 160 native bird species,” said Stephen Wilkes, Ranger-in-Charge, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

“Superb Parrots, Noisy Friarbirds, Leaden Flycatchers, Masked Lapwings and groups of small bush birds such as thornbills and weebills, are some of the native bird species you may see on the walk this spring.

“Swamp wallabies, spotted burrowing frogs, black shingle-backed lizards and sugar glider possums are also found in the Sanctuary. The Eastern Bettong has recently been reintroduced to the Sanctuary.”

Mr Wilkes said the walk is about six kilometres and takes about two hours. It is quite easy and can be enjoyed by people of all abilities. Just remember to wear sturdy enclosed shoes.

“The updated Birds of Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve brochure tells you what to look out for at the 10 different stages of the walk, which are marked by numbered posts with the wren symbol.

“As you reach the eighth stop, for example, you get to take in the lovely scenery of the wetland habitat, which attracts a variety of ducks and other waterbirds.”

Mr Wilkes encouraged Canberrans looking for something fun and relaxing to do with family and friends to get out and experience their local natural environment first hand.

For more information on the Sanctuary visit Mulligans Flat, or to download the Birds of Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve brochure visit TAMS.

Courtesy of TAMS.

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