Bird man be­comes in­ven­tor

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

A JULATTEN man has put his think­ing cap on to cre­ate a prod­uct aimed at sav­ing the lives of po­ten­tially hun­dreds of birds and wildlife.

Bird guide of 22 years, Del Richards has in­vented the ‘Bird Is­land Trough Sen­tinel Sys­tem’ af­ter see­ing a de­mand for a prod­uct that al­lowed wild birds to drink at troughs with­out drown­ing.

Mr Richards said that should birds, toads, frogs, rats and other ver­min fall into troughs, the Bird Is­land al­lows them to dry out and es­cape.

He en­tered his new prod­uct into this year’s in­ven­tors com­pe­ti­tion at the FNQ Field Days

“A lot of birds drown in troughs and can’t get in and out with­out drown­ing be­cause they can’t reach the low wa­ter level, and that’s where the idea came from,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to save a lot of wildlife and it’s go­ing to save quite a few birds over time.”

Units are avail­able to or­der from Gough Plas­tics Pty Ltd.

Pic­ture: AN­DREA FALVO

Julatten res­i­dent Del Richards with his Bird Is­land Trough Sen­tinel Sys­tem – “It’s some­thing that’s needed to be done for some time.,”.says Del

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