This draws together 2 subjects, but for what it is worth, I have checked out the ironbarks near Tuggeranong College this week, in vain hope that some of the
Swift Parrots may have returned to where they were in 2010. Not there (at least when I looked on Sunday).
E sideroxylon (Red Ironbark). It is included in the list of: “Commonly planted species not native to the ACT” in the little book
Field Guide to the Trees of the ACT. But I believe it surely is native to a lot of Victoria.
From: Con Boekel [
Sent: Thursday, 4 October, 2018 8:36 AM To: Martin Butterfield
Cc: COG List Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Loss of Mature Native Trees listed as threatening process in ACT
It is an interesting question. I am guessing that there is a Tree Commisar somewhere or other in the system but who knows?
The Swifties ignored a whole Madura Range full of native trees to feast on foreign eucalypts along Negus Crescent and the ANGB tree. They also often feasted on the lerps in the soon-to-be destroyed mature community centre site native tree.
On 10/4/2018 8:29 AM, Martin Butterfield wrote:
I wonder why they didn't plant a species native to the area? I presume:
they got them cheap and
"think" all eucalypts are the same.
On Thu, 4 Oct 2018 at 07:16, Con Boekel <> wrote:
I was told by someone who sounded like they knew what they were talking about: E sideroxylon. They might be cultivars thereof - I don't know my trees well enough to say for sure.
On 10/3/2018 10:24 PM, Megan Mears wrote:
Does someone know the name of the planted Eucalypts on Negus Cr?
On Tue., 2 Oct. 2018, 6:53 pm David Rees, <> wrote:
I think this instrument is a good idea and congrats to all those who pushed it forwards. Brings back memories of watching contractors bulldozing matures trees with Superb Parrots nesting in them when clearing the northern edge of the
Harrison Oval. Hopefully it may help prevent such 'mistakes' in future... In fairness to the Negus Cres situation with the Swift parrots it also needs to be said that the birds were feeding in planted street trees put in by the ACT Government, in addition
to those that will be lost due to the re-development of the area.
On Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 12:42 PM Con Boekel <> wrote:
Having just observed endangerd Swift Parrots repeatedly using mature native lerp-infested trees, I am very pleased to hear this.
For the particular trees behind Negus Crescent, it is, I believe, too late. They are about to become a community centre, shopping centre and houses according to the sign hanging on the fence.
On behalf of the Swifties, if I may presume, a big thank you to all the people who have worked hard on this.