KINGSCLIFF’S Jack Bayliss Park has again become home to nesting Bush Stone-curlews and the public is being urged to give the rare birds space.
Bush Stone-curlews are highly threatened, ground-nesting birds and Tweed Council is asking for public assistance in protecting the breeding pair and its chicks, which have taken shelter under a stand of pandanus trees in the Marine Parade park.
Council Rangers will be conducting more regular patrols in Jack Bayliss Park to monitor for dogs roaming off-leash, which pose a serious threat to the survival of the chicks.
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Breeding Bush Stone-curlews are rarely seen in the Tweed but a pair established its nest in Jack Bayliss Park in 2012.
“It is wonderful to see the species breeding in Tweed Shire but there is typically a large number of dogs roaming off-leash in this park, even though it is not a designated off-leash area,” Natural Resource Management Officer, Pamela Gray, said.
“There is also a chance the young will become separated from their parents if people go too close to the site, because the parents will get over-stressed and abandon their nest.”
Ms Gray said Council was imploring residents and visitors to keep their dogs on leash and to stay well away from the nesting site, which is well marked with signage.