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Newhaven Reserve Northern Territory

Habitat: Newhaven has a wide range of land forms ranging from parallel dunes in the south to salt lakes, claypans, plains country and rocky ranges. Associated with these landforms are calcareous grasslands, open woodland and open shrublands. This vegetation variability arises from Newhaven's location at the junction of three bio-regions: the Great Sandy Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Burt Plain.

Birds & wildlife: 142 species of bird have been recorded so far. There are four species, which are nationally threatened: the Grey Falcon, Night Parrot, Princess Parrot and Straited Grasswren, and 19 species which are threatened in one or more mainland states. Regionally threatened birds include the Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Black-breasted Buzzard, Australian Bustard, Bush Stone-curlew and Grey-crowned Babbler. Occasionally the huge salt lakes and smaller fresh water claypans fill with water and may be used by northern hemisphere waders. Nationally threatened mammals include the Mulgara (a small carnivorous marsupial), Black-footed Rock-wallaby and Marsupial Mole.

Visiting & access: Newhaven can be reached by several routes, including via the Pilbara in Western Australia. The main route from Alice Springs via Tilmouth Well is 335km and takes four hours to drive. The first 150 km is a bitumen highway and the next 185km is a wide, well-maintained graded earth road suitable for 2WD cars. Newhaven will not be open to visitors until approximately autumn 2002 when initial management work is completed
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Gluepot Reserve

64 km north of Waikerie and the Murray River in South Australia's Riverland district. Abuts the Western border of the huge Bookmark Biosphere Reserve, which joins the New South Wales, South Australian and Victorian State Borders along the Murray River.

Size: 51,300 hectares

Habitat: The Reserve forms part of the Olary Plains and its vegetation associations. Much of it is mallee with either a spinifex or heathy understory. The mallee is 'old-growth' vegetation that has not been burnt for at least 50 years. The woodland vegetation is mainly black oak, bullock bush, sugarwood and eucalypts with an understory of shrubs and grasses. The eastern third of the Reserve is one of an exceptionally small number of sites in eastern Australia located more than 10km from any permanent water source.

Birds & wildlife: Foremost among Gluepot's assets are numerous colonies of endangered Black-eared Miners. There are also good breeding populations of nationally threatened Malleefowl, Red-lored Whistlers, Scarlet-chested Parrots, Striated Grasswrens and non-breeding Regent Parrots. Because Gluepot has both mallee and Allocasuarina woodland it has a very diverse range of birds, including species which are threatened in some eastern States, such as Major Mitchell's Cockatoos, White-browed Treecreepers, Apostlebirds and Grey-fronted Honeyeaters.

Visiting & access: Gluepot is open to the public all year round. Members of Birds Australia and members of BirdLife Partners are not charged for entry. Non-members will be charged a nominal fee from 2001. The best time to visit is between April and October. In March and November temperatures can climb to over 35 degrees Celsius, and during summer (Dec-Feb) to around 40 degrees. Entry is via a key collected from the Waikerie Shell Service Station. The road to Gluepot is transversable by conventional two-wheel drive vehicles and small, to medium-sized caravans during dry weather, but is temporarily closed after heavy rain which mainly falls during summer storms.

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Field Guide to the Birds of Australia

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia

This seventh edition has been extensively revised and updated.There are 20 new plates, and a new distribution map for each species showing subspecies distribution where appropriate.Over 1000 black and white illustrations, many new or redrwan, illustrate behaviours, flight silhouettes, detailed comparisons between related species and other useful identification pointers.This classic work has sold over 400,000 copies in its lifetime, and remains the definitive guide for this country.
Paperback 392 pages.132 colour plates. Click here for ordering details.....

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