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          By joining the biggest community of bird lovers in Australia, you can help us make a positive impact on the future of our native birdlife. The members of BirdLife Australia, along with our supporters and partners, have been powerful advocates for native birds and the conservation of their habitats since 1901.

          We are also the meeting ground for everyone with an interest in birds from the curious backyard observer to the dedicated research scientist. It doesn’t matter what your interest in birds is or how much you know about them, your membership will offer you the opportunity to increase your awareness and enjoyment.

          Birdlife Australia would be delighted to welcome you as a new member and we look forward to sharing our news and achievements with you throughout the coming year.

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          Birdwatching at Newhaven

          Newhaven Sanctuary is home to over 175 bird species. Some of the most spectacular and elusive species have been seen around Newhaven, including the extremely rare Night Parrot, the charming Princess Parrot, and the stealth Grey Falcon. Many arid-zone specialist birds are present too, such as the delicate Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, the musical Banded Whiteface and the Dusky and Striated Grasswrens. Such discoveries often require patience and persistence, but the surrounding beauty will help pass the time.

          Visitor Information

          Newhaven Sanctuary is 262,600ha and lies 363km or four and a half hours drive north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

          The Sanctuary is open to visitors from April through till the end of September. All visitors need to be aware that bookings are essential, as there are limited camping facilities. The roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

          For more experienced birdwatchers an annual bird survey is held in May. Contact Newhaven Sanctuary to make a booking or register your interest for the bird survey.

          Conservation Programs

          AWC is engaged in an active management program to restore appropriate fire regimes, control and limit the impact of feral animals and environmental weeds, and undertake regular biodiversity surveys to monitor the distribution, interdependence of native species and the effectiveness of management.

          BirdLife Australia continues to assist with the design and implementation of bird conservation programs.


          The traditional owners of Newhaven are the Ngaliya (southern Warlpiri) people. In 1959 Newhaven became a pastoral property, initially for sheep, but soon after converted to cattle grazing. The property was relatively lightly stocked, and equipped with around 15 bores during the period from 1959 to 2000. Birds Australia purchased Newhaven in 2000 with assistance from the Commonwealth Governments National Reserve System grant scheme, with the intention of managing the property for biodiversity conservation. In 2006 the Australian Wildlife Conservancy became the leading partner in co-management of Newhaven Sanctuary.

          Contact Newhaven Sanctuary

          T (08) 8964 6000
          E newhaven@australianwildlife.org
          W www.australianwildlife.org


          To become a volunteer ranger contact the Sanctuary manager on the above details.