Endangered bush stone-curlew with chicks killed in Tweed
A CAMPAIGN to protect the Tweed's endangered bush stone-curlew population was hindered at the weekend, when one of the birds was killed in Tweed Heads.
The male bird was reported dead on Saturday to Tweed Shire Council, amid a campaign to protect the vulnerable nesting pairs around the region.
The bird had previously been tagged and was part of a breeding pair which had nested at the hospital in the past.
Last year, the pair reared two pairs of chicks in the same season, a rare achievement for the bush stone-curlew.
The council's program leader of pest management Pam Gray said the bird died after being struck by a car.
Ms Gray said this was one of the main threats to the endangered species in that area, as well as dogs and cats.
While the bird's female partner is still rearing two chicks, the council has appealed for motorists, og owners and other visitors to the hospital carpark area to help protect the remaining birds.
Meanwhile, council rangers have ramped up patrols at Kingscliff's Jack Bayliss Park, where another breeding pair of bush stone-curlews has returned to nest. Dogs are not permitted off-leash at this park.
The bush stone-curlew is listed as endangered in NSW and Victoria and is considered vulnerable in South Australia.