Better outcomes for Mother of Ducks

26th Oct 2021

With so much water in our landscape this year, there has been an unprecedented level of interest in Mother of Ducks Lagoon at Guyra. Images are being posted all over local Facebook pages, bearing witness to her beauty and locals have been using her as their allowable excuse to get some refreshing exercise during COVID-19 lockdowns.
The lagoon is fuller than it has been in at least 15 years and Southern New England Landcare and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service want the community to join them in the formation of a new group to harness the enthusiasm.
Josh Armitage, a Ranger with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is extremely pleased to see the community interest in the lagoon.
“We are keen to improve ecological outcomes associated with Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve through community engagement and targeted cooperative actions with the local Guyra community,” said Josh.
“The lagoon is important to the local environment because it is a special place right next to town. It is home to a number of rare and threatened bird species and ecological communities.
“NPWS feels that the opportunity to act cooperatively with the community can produce some fantastic outcomes for the community and the lagoon,” he said.
NPWS recently contacted Southern New England Landcare, to see if they could form a partnership and work together to get a local interest group formed up.
Karen Zirkler, Executive Officer at Southern New England Landcare said there has been increased interest in the lagoon among community members and that the impetus seems to be present among the community now to facilitate formation of a group.
Do you love having Mother of Ducks on your doorstep? Are you someone who would like to be involved in caring for her? What might this entail?
Why not join Southern New England Landcare and National Parks & Wildlife representatives at an informal gathering lagoon-side and enjoy the spring bounty?
“We’ll organise a sausage sizzle and a guest speaker or two, who can tell us some history of the lagoon, and simply get out and enjoy her beauty,” said Karen.
If you are keen to find out more, please register your interest with Southern New England Landcare by emailing or calling 02 6772 9123, and watch their eNews or for a date coming soon

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