birding-aus Noisy miner "problems"

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Subject: birding-aus Noisy miner "problems"
From: "Andrew Thelander" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 12:44:24 +0000
Hello all.  Perhaps someone could offer me some advice.  I live on a rural
property at Cooran, Noosa shire, SEQ.  At the back of the house is a
sizeable patch of grey gums with a sizeable population of noisy miners.  At
the front of the house, I planted some grevilleas and bottle brushes, hoping
to attract in the small honeyeaters.  The plants have thrived but are
"owned" by the noisy miners.  In a year, I have only seen a small honeyeater
try its luck on a couple of occasions (and not last very long before being
driven off.)
Now, a new driveway is being put through an old track in the grey gum patch.
 Accordingly, the fence line is being changed to exclude cattle from about
an acre of the forest.  We want to plant up the understorey of this acre as
a habitat for small honeyeaters, fairy wrens and scrubwrens.  We were
proposing to use a mix of grevilleas, banksias, bottle brushes as well as
hakeas and leptospermums.  Is this a good idea, I wonder.  Will the
flowering bushes and shrubs be taken over by the NM's to the exclusion of
the smaller species?  Is there anything we can do to minimise this?
Any ideas gratefully received.
Andrew Thelander
PO Box 302
Pomona QLD 4568

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