There are two bird groups in the Brunswick Valley area;
The Byron Bird Buddies (BBB) which is Byron Shire focused and is involved in bird conservation, education and monitoring, (established in 2004 as Belongil Bird Buddies).
The other group is the Brunswick Valley Bird Watchers which travels over all Northern Rivers Region bird watching at different sites, every two weeks. It is a loose informal unincorporated group established in the early 90’s. At the end of each survey it is decided where the next survey will be. Often it’s an all day affair so everyone always brings their own morning tea and lunch (except if otherwise stated). Some members of the BBB are also members of this group. As the group is unincorporated it takes no responsibility for your attendance during outings.
Regarding the BBB Group: The Byron Bird Buddies are a group of concerned locals who, with the support and encouragement of Byron Council and the Department of Environment & Conservation, wish to actively protect the shorebird, waterbirds and terrestrial birds of Byron Shire. Membership is open to all like-minded people who are committed to the aims of the Bird Buddy Group. That is, to work with the community to enable local shorebirds and terrestrial birds to survive and flourish in their natural environment.
- You can be a financial member of BBB
- Or you can be on a non-financial member and be a Friend of BBB.
1. BBB is a locality group of Brunswick Valley Landcare (BVL), so membership of BBB involves becoming a member of BVL and nominating the BBB as the locality group … one membership of BVL can cover a number of localities. Forms are supplied on request or at any BVL outing. BBB is a conservation group so it is advisable to be a paid member as we are involved in some activities that require public liability insurance.
BBB activities include;
- Monitoring a number of sites in the shire
- Protecting nesting sites with fencing and signage
- Periodically monitoring the nesting area to keep watch over the nesting birds
- Informing and educating local community members (including dog owners) about the needs of nesting birds on site
- Presentations on birds to community groups
- Occasionally being involved in a phone tree or roster system so that the birds can be cared for and watched over in daylight hours
- Attending Bird Buddy planning meetings.
2. As a non non-financial member you will be included on a regular mailing list which will assist the BBB group in determining support for on-going activities.