Joseph's Coat Moth – an unusual day flying moth is aptly named.
Joseph's Coat Moth – an unusual day flying moth is aptly named. Contributed

Council books feature wildlife from beautiful regions

RESIDENTS of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie/Cooloola regions are becoming increasingly interested in the abundance of amazing flora and fauna that occurs in the area.

Often the books available to enable identification of many species are complicated or overwhelming to use.

Councils from the border to the Sunshine Coast have funded and presented small (easily fits into a pocket) identification guides to help residents learn more about wildlife.

The two that we have, deal with butterflies of coastal SEQ and a slightly more complicated one dealing with shorebirds, gulls and terns of coastal SEQ.

The butterfly book describes species status, behaviour, host plants and habitat requirements.

The shorebird book deals with migratory species and lists easily accessible sites. Because of the geographic limits of the book Tin Can Bay is not included.

However, all species that are listed in both books occur in suitable habitats in this region.

The shorebird book lists six main ID points and uses photos and text to aid identification.

Also included are whether migrant or not and in some cases smaller photos of a bird in breeding or part breeding plumage.

Fifty eight species are listed, giving an indication of the abundance of shorebirds that live or visit the general region.

The butterfly book lists 100 species that also includes four-day flying moths.

A similar formula is adopted with photos often more than one to a page as many butterflies have similar markings.

Both books were designed, written and compiled by Trevor Ford.

Gympie Times


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