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Tuesday 23 June 2020

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, today launched the second edition of the ‘Birds of the Fernberg Estate’, a special field guide detailing more than 60 avian species which live, breed and feed at the Government House estate. 

Fernberg has been the official residence of Queensland Governors since 1910, and its 14 hectare grounds, including 10 hectares of remnant Australian bushland, are an important sanctuary for many species of flora and fauna. 

The Governor said he hoped the easy-to-use field guide would enhance community understanding of the importance of the bushland, and encourage Queenslanders to learn more about birds in their own neighbourhoods.

“The Government House bushland is a most precious community resource, which as current custodians, Kaye and I are proud to share with Queenslanders,” His Excellency said.

“The bushland at Fernberg remains an important breeding and nesting site for a growing number of native bird species and mammals – the latest residents include a family of squirrel gliders.

“The number of avian species now stands at 63 – up 10 since I launched the first edition of the ‘Birds of the Fernberg Estate’ field guide in 2016.

“This increasing biodiversity is the result of the ongoing, meticulous care of the Fernberg bushland by Government House staff.”

Download a free copy of the second edition of the ‘Birds of the Fernberg Estate’ here.