Fairy Martin mud nests in Tempe Reserve.  These are vandalised every year.

Fairy Martin mud nests in Tempe Reserve. These are vandalised every year.

Today I received Marrickville Council’s Environmental Volunteers Newsletter, which said the following (bold is my emphasis) –

Council have installed temporary protective fencing around the Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) nesting site at one of the picnic shelters on Tempe reserve. The fencing & signage will remain in place for the nesting season (from September to December).”

To say I was pleased about this is an understatement as every year these fragile mud nests are vandalized.  Local residents have told me they have seen people collect the eggs, presumably to make Bird’s Nest Soup.  I was happy to be able to write a positive post about Council’s environmental works, especially such an important one as this.

As usual, I wanted to have a photograph to go with this post, so we visited Tempe Reserve this evening.  Much to our dismay, we saw that nothing had been done, except to remove the campfire in the kiosk, which has been there for well over a year.  We looked at both kiosks, but what Council’s Newsletter reports as completed has not been done.

I find it extraordinary that a government authority makes a public statement about works completed in the public interest only to discover that once again, what they say does not match reality.

UPDATE:  Thursday 12th September 2013 – 

In response to the above post Marrickville Council contacted me to confirm the works were completed yesterday, 11th September 2013.  I thank Council for doing this. Below are two photos sent with Council’s email.

The kiosk that Council says they have fenced & installed signage.

The kiosk that Council says they have fenced & installed signage.

Temporary fencing around a kiosk in Tempe Reserve to protect the Fairy Martin mud nests during the breeding season.  Photo by Marrickville Council & used with thanks.

Temporary fencing around a kiosk in Tempe Reserve to protect the Fairy Martin mud nests during the breeding season – September to December. Photo by Marrickville Council & used with thanks.

The fencing encloses the whole kiosk area.  Photo by Marrickville Council & used with thanks.

The fencing encloses the whole kiosk area. Photo by Marrickville Council & used with thanks.

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