Coots need healthy waterways

Australian coots can raise more than one family if waterways are healthy.
Australian coots can raise more than one family if waterways are healthy. Marco Hebing

COOTS are courting in Coffs Harbour but their ability to breed successfully depends on the health of local waterways.

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife acting CEO Susanna Bradshaw said the water birds were now breeding and could raise more than one clutch of eggs in the next few months – provided they have a healthy environment and plenty of food.

“Sadly, many water birds and marine animals are feeling the pressure as rubbish, chemicals and garden runoff enter our waterways,” Ms Bradshaw said.

But she believes there is much that people in Coffs Harbour can do to help keep waterways clean.

“Disposing of rubbish and chemicals thoughtfully will keep our waterways healthy.

“Even small actions, like picking up rubbish, will help native animals like coots raise many more little ones.”

The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife acquires high-conservation-value land to add to the national reserve system.

It also funds environmental conservation projects such as the Backyard Buddies website.

Visit or for information and activities about backyard animals, how to attract them and how to live with them.

Topics:  coffs harbour waterways

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