For info: Cull Noisy Miners?

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Subject: For info: Cull Noisy Miners?
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Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 22:09:52 +0000
In response to Michael Norris' request for a scientific view and reference
material on miner impacts there is indeed some assessments on this from an
ecological perspective.

The federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, NSW
Threatened Species Conservation Act and Victoria's Flora and Fauna
Guarantee Act have Noisy Miners included in there schedules as
'threatening processes'.  I can provide copies of the scientific
assessments from each jurisdiction for those interested.

Here in Victoria La Trobe University has undertaken a suite of studies on
miner species, especially the Noisy Miner in north east Victoria.  Some of
this work has involved assessing the outcomes of miner removal on small
insectivorous from woodland remnants.  The affect of miner removal has
been shown to last years in some cases (see references below), depending
on the numbers of birds removed and over what area.

I can recommend the following papers for those who wish to find out more.
The first one is easily accessible via the internet.

Grey, M. & Clarke, M. (2011) The Noisy Miner: Challenges in managing an
overabundant species. La Trobe University, Bundoora. (internet document)
Debus, S.J.S. (2008) The effect of noisy miners on small bush birds: an
unofficial cull and its outcome. Pacific Conservation Biology 14: 185-190.
Grey, M.J., Clarke, M.F. & Loyn, R.H. (1997) Initial changes in the avian
communities of remnant eucalypt woodlands following a reduction in the
abundance of Noisy Miners, Manorina melanocephala. Wildlife Research 24:

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien | Executive Officer Flora and Fauna Guarantee Scientific
Advisory Committee | Environment and Climate Change Division
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002


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