Re: birds as pests of fruit crops

To: Andrew Fisher <>
Subject: Re: birds as pests of fruit crops
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 19:21:53 +1000
Andrew Fisher wrote:
> Greetings birders,
> I am after any recent material on techniques for minimising bird
> damage to fruit crops.
> In 1991-1992 I did some work in vineyards and cherry orchards in
> South Australia, and am haunted from time to time for advice on
> preventing bird damage to fruit crops. However I have since moved on
> to study birds in remnant vegetation and have thus lost touch with
> the recent literature and latest techniques.
> Of particular concern at present is the problem of starlings in orchards &
> vineyards in the Orange district of NSW, and to a lesser extent
> rosellas and honeyeaters.
> If anyone has any relevant information could you please let me know
> either directly at the address below or via this list if you think it
> is appropriate.
> Thanking you in advance.
> Regards,
> Andrew M. Fisher
> **************************************************
> Environmental Studies Unit
> Charles Sturt University - Mitchell
> Panorama Avenue, Bathurst NSW 2795 AUSTRALIA
> E-mail: 
> Phone: +61 063 38 4151
> Fax:   +61 063 38 4078
> ***************************************************

Dear Andrew,

I think that most State Departments of Agriculture have active research or crop 
reduction programs. For instance, Silvereyes are major problems in vineyards in 
South-western Australia and the WA Department of Agriculture has been 
investigating this 
problem for over 15 years. Peter Mawson, now working for the WA Dept of CALM, 
studying parrots in orchard areas of WA in the early 1990s, so he may be able 
to help 
you. Unfortunately, I do not have Peter's email address readily available.

Hope this info is of some use to you.

Dr Stephen Ambrose
RAOU Research and Conservation Manager 

Email:  S.Ambrose<>  (at work)

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