Attract the right birds to your garden or farm

INTRUDER: Indian mynas are a danger to native Australian birds.
INTRUDER: Indian mynas are a danger to native Australian birds.

Are you fed up with Indian myna birds chasing Australian natives from your garden or farm?  Help is at hand to deal with the cane toads of the sky.

In response to many calls and emails regarding the control of Indian myna birds, as well as the many sightings of these birds across our region, Hastings Landcare are running an Indian Myna Bird & Attracting Native Birds Workshop.

It will be held at Wauchope RSL Club on February 15 from 9am to 12 noon.

The rainbow lorikeet is a species of Australian parrot. Photo: Letitia Fitzpatrick

The rainbow lorikeet is a species of Australian parrot. Photo: Letitia Fitzpatrick

Indian mynas compete for nesting hollows with native birds, destroy their eggs and chicks, and interrupt natural breeding. Mynas also evict small mammals from their hollows and leave them unusable, due to their messy nesting habits.

The honeyeater is a native Australian bird.

The honeyeater is a native Australian bird.

Trainers Laura and Kevin Noble from Clarence Valley Conservation in Action say it’s great to see a community band together to help control this pest species for the benefit of our native wildlife.

“Indian Myna Birds tend to become dominant in urban areas and the number of different bird species found in and around your home is a good indication of the health of your surrounding natural environment,” says Sue Proust from Hastings Birdwatchers.

The tawny frogmouth, a species of nightjar, is also native to Australia. Photo: Letitia Fitzpatrick.

The tawny frogmouth, a species of nightjar, is also native to Australia. Photo: Letitia Fitzpatrick.

“You can increase the types of birds and the frequency that they occur in your garden by providing them with native plants, shelter and water.”

Hastings Landcare welcomes everyone and the workshop is free of charge. RSVP by the February 12 by contacting 6586 4465 or emailing office@hastingslandcare.org.au 

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