The Mullens Creek bird roost site was vandalized sometime between late Saturday and early Sunday. The sign and the bollards at the entrance to the site were taken out and a vehicle was driven in onto the saltmarsh. The driver then proceeded to do a series of "wheelies" or maybe "donuts" - whichever term you prefer - and tore up the saltmarsh vegetation and left big tracks down into the sand. It appears from the depth of the tracks that the vehicle at one point became stuck. The bollards were then taken out there and possibly used to get the vehicle out. (All photos can be clicked on and enlarged.)
We know that whatever bollards we use to block access to the site it is relatively easy for people and possibly vehicles to take them out. However, we had hoped to make it obvious how important this site is to migratory waders. We then hoped that 4 wheel drivers would go elsewhere for their fun. Apparently a vain hope.
Neil and Kel from Out and About in Cooloola counted this site on Friday and found 2833 birds. They also took photos showing the tide fully covering the site - including this area that has been torn up.
We are left asking "WHY?"