About 50 visitors attended the Little Llangothlin Lagoon's 40th anniversary on World Wetland Day on Saturday, February 2. Of course, the wetlands is a good bit older than that, but the date celebrated was when it was first gazetted to be under the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service.
Organiser, National Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Inland Branch visitor experience team leader Leah Pippos said it was unfortunate the recent dry spell had left the reserve short of water and the water birds that go with it.
"There were lots of woodland birds though, Sacred Kingfishers, Thornbills, Brown Goshawk, Golden-headed Cisticola, Whistling Kites and a few Wedge Tail Eagles to name a few," she said.
“We had visitors from all over, a bunch of locals, neighbours and we even had visitors who come to the event especially from the Sunshine Coast and Sydney.
“It was a spectacular day weather wise, just perfect for the reserve to show off. We had some fantastic feedback from everyone."
Leah said the they started the day with a bit of history from Koen, and then everyone got ready and split into two groups.
"One group went to the right of the lagoon, because it's a big loop, and the other group went to the left. So, one group focussed more on the history and on plants and wildlife, while the other group focussed more on the birdlife they saw around the lagoon," she said.
“We sang Happy Birthday to the Nature Reserve as June Walker and Ranger Koen Dijstra cut the cake”.