This photo of Boat Harbour was taken last April.  I found it quite sad to see the beauty of the birds & the river spoiled by floating plastic bottles & other debris.  Soon this will be a thing of the past in this location.

This photo of Boat Harbour was taken last April. I found it quite sad to see the beauty of the birds & the river spoiled by floating plastic bottles & other debris. Soon this will be a thing of the past in this location.

Terrific news – Canterbury Council & Sydney Water are soon to install a floating litter boom with a one-way entrance that will collect floating litter at Boat Harbour at Hurlstone Park.

Boat Harbour tends to attract floating bottles & other litter with the tidal movement. The boom will be great for this location, as well as the river as a whole.

Canterbury Council has recently created a bird sanctuary at Boat Harbour – the first wildlife sanctuary on the Cooks River, which is pretty special.   Keeping humans out has brought the waterbirds back. It is wonderful to see these birds & know that they are now able to safely stay at one of their prime fishing spots.

For many years there was a litter collection boom just outside the entrance to Boat Harbour. Even after it broke waterbirds of all species could be found sitting on it & watching the river.  To have a boom returned is great. Because the boom provides perch sites, this may make this section even more attractive to wildlife & we benefit from the beauty this brings.

Sydney Water will clean the boom regularly.  Their naturalization work of the river bank close by on the opposite side should be starting soon. I think this section of the river from Boat Harbour to near & including Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland will end up being a haven for wildlife. This is what a river should provide & I am pretty excited about this.

For a photo of a similar trap & more information see – http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Cooks-River/Cooks-River-Litter-Boom

Cormorants waiting on the old stormwater boom. A variety of waterbirds could always been seen here.

Cormorants waiting on the old stormwater boom. A variety of waterbirds could always been seen here.

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