One of the Coffs Coast rainforests.
One of the Coffs Coast rainforests. Bruce Thomas

Learn about Coast's biodiversity

THE United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity – a global celebration of the variety of life on Earth.

And Coffs Coast residents are invited to explore the wonderful world of animals and plants in our national parks by participating in a NSW National Parks Discovery walk, talk or tour this Easter.

NPWS North Coast Region manager Alan Jeffery said that exploring a national park with an experienced Discovery Ranger is a great way to discover local biodiversity.

“On the Coffs Coast, Aboriginal Discovery Ranger Mark Flanders will explain how the biodiversity of Bongil Bongil National Park provides Aboriginal people with a supermarket, chemist and hardware store all in one on his bush tucker and medicine tour,” Mr Jeffery told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

“At Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, Mark joins a Solitary Islands Marine Park officer to showcase Giidany Miirlarl (Gumbaynggirr – moon special place) and its values as both an important seabird rookery and Aboriginal cultural site.

“Red Rock, north of Woolgoolga, is the place to be on Easter Saturday when the National Parks and Wildlife Service,

Marine Parks Authority and Coffs Harbour City Council come together to host a free community information day at Red Rock Reserve.

“Discover nearby Yuraygir National Park, explore the aquatic world of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, meet the endangered beach stone curlew or learn to identify an invading cane toad during free community walks, talks, tours and demonstrations.

“You’ll also hear about wetlands, bush regeneration, garden escapee weeds and companion animals.

“At Dorrigo National Park you’ll discover the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area and learn about the remarkable biodiversity of these ancient rainforests.”

Check out the website at www.nationalparks,

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