Sharing A Love Of Birds – South Gippsland Sentinel-Times


THE South Gippsland Conservation Society presented its second information day at the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club recently, welcoming members and locals to link with likeminded neighbours and share their love and knowledge of birds.
Environmental consultant Dallis Wyatt opened the event, sharing the results from his latest 12-month research project involving properties from Korumburra, Anderson Inlet, Wonthaggi and Three Creeks.
Dallis presented his findings and reiterated the importance of revegetation, not only for the fauna but for the property owners, describing how they can measure their biodiversity gains.
“I work with rural properties through Landcare and as an environmental consultant. The four properties involved in this project were each at a different stage of revegetation – allowing me to see the beneficial changes over time,” said Dallis.
Dallis spoke of the rare species discovered in South Gippsland using the Foster Creek revegetation, including the Crested Shrike-tit bird as well as the Fan-tailed Cuckoo bird found in a restoration site.
Environmental consultant Jane Taylor, who has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Masters of Teaching, shared her findings from her two-month Ayr Creek project.
Beginning her research on Ayr Creek in March 2022, Jane delivered a talk on the state of Ayr Creek birds, explaining the benefits of more understorey and what she identified was causing disruption to the area.
“I focused my attention to the Noisy Miner. They are a native species and show all signs of aggression not only to their predators but they’re causing a decline in small bush birds,” said Jane.
Overall, Jane completed a survey over two hectares. Her comparative site study showed the fauna found within the neighbouring area.
She installed motion cameras and compared all species across the sites, finding insects had greater reporting rates in southern sites, whereas northern sites had more edge birds.
“My study found the birds of conservation that are under threat, the benefits of revegetation and more understorey, the preventative measures required to minimise the threat of cats and rats and the importance of planting the right plant in the right place,” said Jane.
Jane shared her siting of various birds found in the region and discussed pest management and how to attract smaller birds into smaller residential properties. Her findings can be accessed through the South Gippsland Conservation Society.
The next information day for the feathers, fur and fins, frogs and fungi, will cover the fur component where Malcolm Legg will present the rapid assessment tool using fauna environmental indicator species (FEIS) for ecological assessment. To book, contact John Curtiss at johncuttriss57@gmail.com.
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