Little Bittern conservation (Vict.)

Subject: Little Bittern conservation (Vict.)
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 11:18:00 +1100
Mike Tarburton touches on the conservation aspects of Little Bitterns.

In Victoria the sepcies is listed as a threatened taxon under the Floraa nd
Fauna Guarantree Act.  The evidence supplied which lead to its listing are
as follows:

  "Alteration  of  natural  flooding  regimes  and  the  associated lack of
  suitable  nesting habitat means there is a continuing decline in breeding
  opportunities  for  Little  Bitterns  in  Victoria.   The  destruction of
  wetland  habitat  is  a major factor in the decline of the species in the

 "There are only seven breeding records of Little Bittern in Victoria since
1970.  The reporting rate for the species has declined in the last 10 years
and is now only 3% of that in 1986.  There are only 48 sight records of the
species in 146 years of data in the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife."

A short recommendation report with this infromation is available form me
for those interested.  Please supply a mailing (Aust. Post) address.


Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer, Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora & Fauna Division
Department of Sustainability and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde., East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9412 4567  Fax: 9412 4586
(prefixes: Interstate 03 International 613)

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