Bird man becomes inventor
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.”
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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