Birds in the bar with Sean Dooley

Have you ever wondered how to break the Australian birdwatching record? Did you even know we had a national twitching ‘Big Year’ championship for counting the most Australian bird species in one year? Watershed Landcare would like to invite you to join us for an evening of fun at Roth’s Wine Bar with Australia’s biggest bird nerd, Sean Dooley, to find out how he blew his inheritance on seeing more than 700 bird species in one year.

Sean is a writer, conservationist and birdwatcher. He is the editor of Birdlife Australia, the author of “The Big Twitch”, and former holder of the Australian Big Year twitching record. Sean is a sought after and entertaining public speaker, with experience presenting across a broad range of age and interest groups.

Birds in the Bar will be held on Wednesday, 4 September 2019 at 6:30pm at Roth’s Wine Bar, 30 Market St, Mudgee. All welcome.

Tickets are $30 plus booking fee and include an evening with Sean Dooley, a grazing table on arrival and Roth’s wood fired pizzas later in the evening. Drinks will be available for purchase from the bar. To book visit our website:

Sean Dooley will also be the keynote speaker at this year’s Green Day. Now in it’s 11th year, this annual event is a fixture on the calendars of regional schools. This year, over 700 students will attend for a day of environmental education at Mudgee Showground on Thursday 5 September.

The theme for 2019 is ‘Birds, Bats and Biodiversity’. As well as attending a presentation from our keynote speaker, Sean Dooley, students and teachers will hear from some of the 21 volunteer presenters, covering a range of topics. Presenters include Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Botanical Gardens and Centennial Parklands, Mid Western Regional Council, Birds in Backyards, National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance, Red Hill Environmental Education Centre and many others.

A feature again this year will be a workshop run by Kay Norton-Knight, where students will create large sculptures related to biodiversity for inclusion in the annual Rosby Sculptures in the Gardens children’s section, SIG for Kids. They will be on display at Rosby on 12 and 13 October 2019.

This day could not run without the generous support of our sponsors, so a big thanks goes to Yancoal (Moolarben), Peabody Energy (Wilpinjong), Midwestern Regional Council and Central Tablelands Local Land Services. Watershed Landcare would also like to thank thank Barbara Duff (Chabara Cottage) for accommodating Sean Dooley, and of course all our presenters and volunteers.