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Noisy Miner becomes a local menace

23 Oct 2006

“Not all invasive species are foreign: an Australian honey-eater whose natural habitat is grassy open forests has become a pest in local gardens and a major threat to many small native birds” said Hurstville Mayor, Clr Vince Badalati.

Noisy Miners are honey-eaters and are usually located in corridors of trees next to open pastures and according to conservationist Richard Hastings in February's National Parks Journal, research has identified that approximately 65 bird species are attacked and in some cases killed by the Noisy Miner.

Historically the Noisy Miner has been located mostly in the Northern suburbs of Sydney but there has been a dramatic increase in the bird's numbers all over Sydney, largely due to humans creating a favourable environment for them. Gardens in urban areas often have a high degree of flowering plants with an abundance of nectar and this has been suggested for the increase in these birds.

Noisy Miners favour areas with good tree and grass cover but not too much understorey growth. This is because there is limited shelter for small birds to escape attacks from Noisy Miners. Planting dense shrubs, particularly spiky shrubs, may be the best strategy for minimising the negative effects of Noisy Miners and attracting small birds back into urban gardens.

So if you're planning to revegetate your garden, small areas or corridors should have no more than 85% Eucalypts, supplemented by trees and shrubs (such as bipinnate acacias) with dense foliage and low food benefit to Noisy Miners.

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For more information, contact:
Paul Spyve, Manager, Customer Relations: 9330 6008, 0411 748 953
Stewart Heaney, Communications Officer, 9330 6036


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