Gleeson Wetland bird hide weeks from completion

Works are underway in the Gleeson Wetlands as a bird hide is erected by the Lions Club of Clare District.
Works are underway in the Gleeson Wetlands as a bird hide is erected by the Lions Club of Clare District.

A bird hide being built by the Lions Club of Clare District in the Gleeson Wetlands is well and truly on its way to completion and is expected to be opened to the public in the coming weeks – pending weather.

The new installation will provide another facility to the wetlands which encourages visitors of any age to notice natural birdlife and conservation efforts.

It cost around $10,000 and was supported through by a federal government grant from the Building Better Regions Fund – as well as the hard work of Clare Lions Club members.

Lions Club member Pat Williams said the project's primary objective was to increase education about conservation and to attract more people to the wetlands in the process.

“It was always a long term plan to install a bird hide in the Gleeson Wetlands,” Mr Williams said.

He said similar projects done by other community groups had given them the idea and the Club agreed developing a bird hide in the Gleeson Wetlands would befit the community immensely. 

The Lions Club also hoped to install interpretive signs around the wetlands to guide visitors in learning about its many different features and wildlife.

Mr Williams said the signs would be very useful for young students at local schools who were trying to discover new and exciting things about their own backyard.

“We will use these signs to educate the school children about local bird and plant life,” Mr Williams said.

“Our primary purpose has always been about the education of the wetlands’ visitors.”

The club hoped an additional grant application to the federal government would help pay for the interpretive signs construction but said they had not received word as of yet.

With many big plans to develop the Gleeson Wetlands, Mr Williams said they were looking for help from the public to maintain them.

He explained a full time commitment to the Lions was not required and volunteers would be able to give as little or as much as they could depending on their circumstances.

“If you enjoy the wetlands and want to help out for a few hours or so, please give me a call because we could use the help,” Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams can be contacted on 0411 492 223.