Draft SA Little Corella Management Strategy

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 23 September to 3 November 2019. Below is a record of this engagement.

We need your help to guide how we manage little corella populations in South Australia.

What is being decided?

South Australia’s population of little corellas has significantly increased over the last 50 years. This is due to an increase in little corella attractive landscapes.

They have benefited from native vegetation clearance, agriculture and irrigation, and are now thriving in urban environments.

However, large populations of little corellas damage crops, recreational spaces, vehicles, electrical wiring and

Consultation Process

Now Closed

This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 23 September to 3 November 2019. Below is a record of this engagement.

We need your help to guide how we manage little corella populations in South Australia.

What is being decided?

South Australia’s population of little corellas has significantly increased over the last 50 years. This is due to an increase in little corella attractive landscapes.

They have benefited from native vegetation clearance, agriculture and irrigation, and are now thriving in urban environments.

However, large populations of little corellas damage crops, recreational spaces, vehicles, electrical wiring and wooden structures, defoliate trees and cause a social nuisance.

The Department for Environment and Water have co-designed a draft South Australian Little Corella Management Strategy with 22 councils as well as other relevant stakeholders to help lessen the impact of this abundant species on the state, communities and landholders.

The co-designed strategy is underpinned by the decades of research into little corellas and bird management techniques, to strategically and humanely deal with the little corella impacts for the long-term.

We are now seeking your feedback on the draft South Australian Little Corella Management Strategy.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your input will help finalise this draft strategy, which will help decide how we manage little corellas.

Get involved

To have your say, read the draft South Australian Little Corella Management Strategy and the factsheet and provide your feedback.

  • Complete the survey
  • Email your feedback to dew.littlecorella@sa.gov.au
  • Post your feedback to:
    Wildlife Programs
    Department for Environment and Water
    GPO Box 1047
    Adelaide SA 5001

Please note: your written submission may be made publicly available unless you indicate you wish for it to remain confidential.

What are the next steps?

It is expected the strategy will be finalised in December 2019.

The final strategy together with a feedback summary will be publicly available on YourSAy and the Department for Environment and Water websites.

Contact

For more information contact:

Closing date: 5pm Sunday 3 November 2019




Background


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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 23 September to 3 November 2019. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of this engagement.

In the last 50 years, little corellas have extended their range from the far north east of South Australia into southern agricultural, urban and peri-urban areas and are reportedly staying for longer periods of time.

Little corellas are considered to be an ‘urban adapter’ as they thrive in urban, peri-urban and agricultural landscapes which provide an attractive habitat of permanent water and food such as harvested grain, stock feed and paddock stubble, as well as tall trees for safety.

Little corellas cause damage to crops, vehicles, electrical wiring and wooden structures. Large flocks also defoliate trees and cause a social nuisance.

The University of South Australia carried out a research project in 2017 that explored the little corella issue and proposed a way forward. The report details strategies about modifying urban landscapes to make them less attractive to little corellas, highlighting that it is ineffective to react to urban flocks of little corellas by solely culling birds.

For more information, see the report, Little Corellas: Social and Ecological Research for Management in South Australia and Little Corellas: A Way Forward.

South Australian management actions have traditionally focussed on scaring off little corellas (e.g. using falcons, drones, planes, electric bird deterrents and lights) or localised shooting. These have had some benefits, but have done little to address the issue, instead flocks are often simply moved around the state.

Councils have called on the South Australian Government to take charge of the issue by creating a coordinated, humane and evidence-based statewide approach.

The Department of Environment and Water has co-designed the draft South Australian Little Corella Management Strategy with councils and other government agencies as well as industry stakeholders. The draft strategy is underpinned by decades of research into little corellas and bird management techniques, to strategically and humanely deal with the little corella impacts for the long-term.

The Department for Environment and Water is now seeking feedback from the interested general public on the draft South Australian Little Corella Management Strategy. Please see the overview factsheet.

It is the first time a statewide approach for little corella management has been undertaken and the strategy identifies the initial steps that need to be taken as part of a long-term, collaborative approach to little corella management.