Newells Paddock sees 100+ different bird species either stop over or settled in the park. Some avid birdwatchers frequent Newell’s Paddock and report observations online, mostly to the Nature Share website (natureshare.org.au). You can see the full listing here.
Here are some of our visitors, documented by Nature Share:
Citizen Science in Newell’s Paddock
Lots of citizen science websites document species observations made in Newell’s Paddock!
Nature Share is a citizen science database for wildlife in Victoria conceived in 2009 with the support of the Riddell’s Creek Landcare group and the Australian Plants Society Keilor Plains group. Anyone in Victoria can set up a collection for their area and use its tools for geotagging and photo uploads. There are more than 1700 collections! The Newell’s Paddock collection has near 150 observations of over 110 species.
The eBird Australia site has its beginnings in 2003 as Eremaea Birds and has evolved over the years to becoming the Australian node for birders for recording and maintaining observation data. It’s run by a community of volunteers and is affiliated with the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland, and the global eBird enterprise.
eBird maintains collections by area that are called hotspots. The Newell’s Paddock hotspot contains several hundred observations of over 100 species with photographs, dates and counts.
The Atlas of Living Australia is an Australian aggregator of biodiversity data, so collates data from other websites. There are over 100 species of birds recorded in Newell’s Paddock, and close to 200 species observed overall.