Stawell man attempts to form bird observer group

REGION - A Stawell resident has set the wheels in motion to form a new bird observer group catering for bird lovers in both Stawell and Ararat.

Charles Kerr is hopeful of establishing the group in the Stawell and Ararat district.

Mr Kerr said he had been milling over the idea for some time and decided there was nothing to lose by making a genuine attempt to set up the group.

"I have been talking amongst some friends about it and I've now decided to pursue the idea," Mr Kerr said.

"I know that there are a number of members of Birds Australia in the region and there are a couple of other groups in the wider region that exist already. This is my reason for wanting this to happen here in Stawell and Ararat.

"I believe we should be able to form another group here in this district."

A meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, February 16 for anyone who may be interested in joining the bird observer group. The meeting will be held at the Bonnie Dundee Dam in the Ironbark Forest Reserve on the north side of town, at 3.30pm.

Anyone interested will need to bring seating for each member of their party and it is suggested coffee, tea or cool drinks and a sandwich could be taken along for a snack.

For those who are not familiar with the Ironbark Forest Reserve or the location of the Bonnie Dundee Dam, take the Deep Lead Road past North Park and the tennis courts, turn right into Centre Road and proceed for approximately 4.5 kilometres to the Bonnie Dundee Dam Track Crossing. Turn right and proceed with caution for approximately 500 metres down the hill to the dam.

Anyone requiring further information about the formation of the bird observer group, should contact Charles Kerr on 5358 2917, 0400 909 387 or email

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