I was aghast to learn that the fencing placed around a picnic kiosk in Tempe Reserve to protect the Fairy Martin nests was vandalized. I went to have a look & was even more shocked at what I saw.
Whoever removed the fencing would have needed to use a lot of strength & time because they bent thick steel poles that had been buried into the ground. Some of the poles had been broken. The fencing had been strewn on the ground around the kiosk.
Even worse was that all of the Fairy Martin mud nests had been deliberately destroyed. They clearly set out to do a malicious thing.
Last week I received an email from Marrickville Council that covered the following –
- Council has been monitoring the Fairy Martins since nesting season started last October.
- They placed signage about the birds & one clutch was successfully reared.
- Then a person or persons smashed the nests again.
- Because there were still active nests with 5-6 chicks, Council decided to erect temporarily fencing around the picnic kiosk. They did this on the 19th December 2014.
- On the weekend of 26 -28th December 2014 this fence and the remaining mud nests were destroyed.
- According to Council some of these nests had chicks inside & some were empty.
- Council plans to install purpose built fairy martin shelters on the large wooden poles in the saltmarsh area. These will be installed in January 2015.
- Council has not given up protecting these birds in the picnic kiosks & will be looking for better protection for them during the 2015 nesting season.
Tempe Reserve makes me despair at the way people treat the environment, so I can only imagine how distressing it must be for Council staff trying to do the right thing to protect wildlife.
There is something very sad about people who come to a place because of its beauty, but have no conscience leaving a huge mess behind. They are terrible role models to their children on how to treat public spaces, the environment & wildlife.
I thank Marrickville Council for what they are doing for the Fairy Martins & hope that the users of this park respect any future protective measures. I am very pleased that Council keeps up its effort to protect wildlife from malicious humans, whose behaviour clearly shows they do not deserve access to this park.