Education, Research Conservation
The reserve was visited in October 1989 by Normal Sills (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and Michael O’Brien (IWC). Following that visit, written proposals were drawn up to improve the wildlife value of the reserve. These included a detailed baseline hydrological and ecological study of the lake, construction of islands in the lake, installation of a tidal flap at the seaward side of the sluice, creation of an exposed mud/sand shoreline at the north-eastern corner of the lake, provision of perches around the lake for Kingfishers, Cormorants and Herons, and carrying out Common Bird Census and Nest box Schemes.
A management plan was prepared for the period 1992-1995. The proposals including erection of signs around the perimeter of the reserve, repairing a broken stone wall, extending the artificial shoreline, providing shallow water areas for waders, constructing an island, repairing/replacing the rafts, creating a freshwater pond, seeking advice for the management of the woodlands and meadow, preparing a leaflet-guided walk on the trees of the reserve, fund raising and investigating the possibility of establishing a natural history study centre. In December 1993, Normal Sill again visited the reserve. His recommendations following this visit re-iterated the need for a tidal flap, with the intention, now, of excluding seawater and making the lake entirely freshwater. Other recommendations were to mow the north-eastern corner of the lake in late March/early April to create habitat suitable for waterfowl and to plant the extreme north end of the reserve with native trees and shrubs.
In 1998, ECAD commissioned a study to identify potential sites for installing rafts or islands to provide replacement nest sites for the threatened Common Tern colony at Marino Point, This study recommended Cuskinny Nature Reserve as one of the three sites where this should take place (RPS Cairns, 1998).