People push out wildlife

I GUESS we should chalk up another win for the human race, with the Blackbutt Reserve playground facility (‘‘Bower bird a crowd-pleaser’’ Herald 6/7). The Newcastle region has very little to offer by way of venues for wildlife and it would have been nice to see more improvements and enclosures for the Blackbutt wildlife.

It seems every time we go there the bird enclosures have fewer varieties of birds than on previous visit. Some progress has been made but there is room for more improvements and enclosures.

As usual, the human factor is more important than the wildlife. Breeding programs could have been undertaken with many of our struggling species and Blackbutt could be a focal point, a place to see and help our wildlife survive. There are plenty of play areas and parks for parents to take children to, but those opportunities are becoming few and far between for wildlife.

Sandra Johns, Jewells

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