Turquoise Parrot - Brian Fair

President    Bruce Terrill   02 67609894
Secretary    Marianne Terrill    02 67609894                     
Treasurer Jan Hosking  02  67653848
Editor   Eric Fair  02 67697525
Website Coordinator  Annabel Ashworth  02 67617666

Have you renewed your membership?   Was due on July 1st

            FAMILY / HOUSEHOLD                                                          $35.00

            ADULT                                                                                     $30.00

            FAMILY CONCESSION   [pension or distance]                      $25.00

            STUDENT OR PENSIONER                                                   $20.00

          Our 20th Anniversary this month!

                  Our challenge for 2018
   200 species for Tamworth's anniversary
2018 will mark 200 years since the explorer John Oxley passed through the Tamworth area.   Local clubs have been asked to do something in 2018 to mark this anniversary.
We have set ourselves the challenge of sighting 200 species of birds within our region between 1/1/18 and 31/12/18.   So please, if you are a club member, be a part of this and let us know what you have seen.

We've recorded 161 species to Feb 28th

30 December 1931 – 25 January 2018
Relatives and friends met in the Nundle Cemetery on the 2 February 2018 to farewell Barbara Kathleen Graham. It was Barb’s wish to be buried beside her husband, Pat amongst the hills they loved so much.
Barb Graham was raised in Sydney but spent a number of years living in the remote Tuggalo area in the mountains beyond Nundle where her husband Pat was a forestry worker. They raised their large family in a hut in the bush with a “pet” snake living beneath the floorboards. It must have been an idyllic place to live amongst the tall trees and tree ferns but very hard living with a large family and no modern conveniences.
Later Pat started a contracting business with a tipper truck and backhoe and the family moved to Woolomin. Here Barb was able to engage her great interests in plants, animals and nature conservation and share her passions with like-minded people in various organisations. 
Pat, Barb and the family were keen and active members of the National Parks Association, Tamworth Branch. Many times they led the members on foot and in 4WD vehicles through the rugged mountain country east of Nundle. We went to marvellous and spectacular places that it seemed few other people had ever been before. We would never have found our way home again without their expert local knowledge.
The most beautiful of all these places was the small (3,000ha) and remote Ben Halls Gap State Forest south east of Nundle. The unique forest is located at the junction of three mountain ranges – the Great Dividing, the Liverpool and Mount Royal Ranges. The forest with its various ecosystems, tall Snow Gums and many other interesting plant and animal species is the origin of parts of three river systems – the Hunter, the Peel and the Barnard Rivers.
This remarkable forest was very remote and difficult to access so it had never been logged. When we heard the NSW Forestry Commission was planning to build roads and log the area Barb and Pat were leaders in the campaign to stop this destructive proposal. Their knowledge, experience and dedication were instrumental in the eventual victory, after a ten year campaign, to protect the Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. 
WIRES was another of Barb’s favourite passions and she would often have a number of joeys of various ages under her care. Wombats were a particular favourite and speciality. It was always delightful for everyone to see a young wombat following Barb around.
The Dulegal Arboretum is a botanic gardens of native trees and shrubs on the foreshores of Chaffey Dam beside the West Bank Road. It was started in 1982 – the Year of the Tree by members of the NPA with Barb Graham as the inspiration, the botanist, the planner and the hardest worker. Pat Graham was the owner/operator of the backhoe which dug the holes for thousands of trees, the water tanker to soak the ground and the slasher which tried to keep the grass and weeds down in years when it seemed to rain far more than it does these days. The members of the Society for Growing Australian Plants (now the Australian Plant Society were also instrumental in the development and maintenance of the Arboretum.
Long before mentoring became a popular expression, Barb was like a magnet for young people wanting to learn more about native plants and animals. A number of dedicated people involved in nature conservation work with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, with major private wildlife sanctuaries owned by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and as ecological consultants would say that their early inspiration and motivation came from Barb Graham.
Native birds were always a great passion of Barb’s. We often talked around the campfire about starting a bird watching group in Tamworth. Barb was a foundation member of the Tamworth Birdwatchers but ill health prevented her from participating in our early activities to the extent she would have wished. Unfortunately she had to move to Queensland to be near some of the family and receive intensive heath care in her later years.
Rest in peace Barb, you were a great champion of the natural environment. Your legacy includes the Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve and the Dulegal Arboretum. You are sadly missed by your family, friends, colleagues and the local community.
Geoff Mitchell

Jack Peattie Research Grant

In recognition of one of our cofounders, Tamworth Birdwatchers Inc. is offering a grant of up to $500 to a researcher carrying out field research on Australian native birds, preferably within the Tamworth Region.   Applications must be in writing and be received by the club no later than June 30 each year.   Conditions apply.
Click here for  further information or please contact the club, in writing at the above address, or by phoning the President at the above number.

Swift Parrot seen at Black Jack SF Gunnedah on 30/7/16 - photo Denise Kane



are held at 7.30.pm on the 4 Thursday of the month at the Tamworth Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St. Tamworth from February to November inclusive.

Double-barred Finches
Les Cosier


 Usually the Saturday following the Social Meeting, please confirm your attendance with the delegated Leader. Usually meet at the car park next to the Paradise Caravan Park in Peel St, ready to leave at 8.00am or 9.00am depending on destination and time of year. Bring morning tea, lunch, folding chair, notebook and pencil, hat and binoculars

Some of our members birdwatching near  Lake Keepit
Photo: Annabel Ashworth

TUESDAY MORNING BIRDWATCHING.  The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month February to November.   Meet at the car park next to the Paradise Caravan Park in Peel St, at 9am (8am during the hotter months).    The contact person is Joan Dunne Phone 6762 4553. These are great mornings and all members are welcome.


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