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Media release – BirdLife Tasmania, 17 September 2020 Interference in potential Swift Parrot nesting trees BirdLife Tasmania today proposed that the actions of the Department of State Growth (DSG) at St Helens to block potential nesting hollows for swift parrots qualifies as inappropriate interference with a Critically Endangered species, and questioned the legality of the […]

Media release – BirdLife Tasmania, 17 September 2020

Interference in potential Swift Parrot nesting trees

BirdLife Tasmania today proposed that the actions of the Department of State Growth (DSG) at St Helens to block potential nesting hollows for swift parrots qualifies as inappropriate interference with a Critically Endangered species, and questioned the legality of the operations.

DSG have closed potential nesting hollows in six blue gums south of St Helens to prevent swift parrots using them this breeding season. DSG are looking to construct an overtaking lane that will see these six large blue gums cut down – if the project is approved. To date, DSG does not have planning permission to undertake the road construction.

“Rather than waiting for the swift parrot breeding season to pass, and for the necessary permits to be issued to them, DSG has proactively interfered with a Critically Endangered species by reducing the availability of suitable nesting sites,” Dr Eric Woehler, Convenor of BirdLife Tasmania said today.

“BirdLife Tasmania suggests such activities are entirely inappropriate, given the conservation status of the swift parrot, currently listed under state and federal legislations as Critically Endangered.”

Swift parrots nest close to their food sources, such as blue gums, and by preventing the birds nesting in these trees, there is the potential to adversely affect their local breeding efforts,” Dr Woehler added.

“What agency issued permits for these blocks to be installed?” Dr Woehler asked.

“DSG have no permits in place for the proposed road construction. This is a very questionable act against a Critically Endangered species.”

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“It’s very clear that state agencies just don’t get it when it comes to protecting our threatened species” Dr Woehler noted with concern.

“State agencies should be working to protect swift parrots and other Endangered species, not blocking their nesting hollows and cutting down nesting and feeding trees of swift parrots.”

BirdLife Tasmania called for the immediate removal of the blocks, and for the six large blue gums to be protected, and not cut down as proposed.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/09/interference-in-potential-swift-parrot-nesting-trees/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=interference-in-potential-swift-parrot-nesting-trees

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