Penny Drake-Brockman: Attracting birds to your garden.
As a long-term member and secretary of the Gloucester Environment Group in 2003, Penny is the leader of the RiverCare sub-group, with a particular interest in caring for the George V Memorial Park near where she lives in Gloucester. With the Environment Group, she leads occasional bird walks in the Gloucester area, and is a guide for the Copeland Gold Mine.
In 2003-2005 with Garry Germon she organised the Friends of Gloucester’s Grey-crowned Babblers group, a vulnerable species in NSW, as it was necessary to protect remaining habitat on the southern outskirts of town. A submission to Council led to further protections, cat control in a new sub-division and maintenance of roadside habitat.
With the local National Parks office in 2010, Penny established a three-year survey of bird species in the newly gazetted Karamea section of Curracabundi National Park. The results were published in The Whistler Magazine, an occasional publication of the Hunter Bird Observers Club (HBOC).
Penny participates in bi-annual surveys of Waterbirds at Port Stephens with HBOC; in Grenfell, an Important Bird Area, with Birding NSW, as well as various other activities connected with bird conservation in the Gloucester and wider areas. In 2015 with fellow local birder Pat Burrows, she participated in surveys for finches, pigeons, quails and parrots at Mornington Wilderness Reserve, Kimberley, WA, run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
Penny was born in Luton, England and emigrated to Australia in 1983. She has lived in Gloucester since 2002.