In 2008 Nambucca Valley Landcare, in partnership with Bellinger and Coffs Regional Landcare were successful in applying for Environmental Trust funding to implement the Indian Myna Control Project on the NSW mid north coast. Under the Restoration and Rehabilitation Community Grants Program, $100,000 was secured to employ an Indian Myna Project Officer, responsible for project coordination, and implementation of on-ground activities.
The first stage of the project ended in April 2011, but a further funding extension was provided by the NSW Environmental Trust. From April 2014 the project has been administered by the Local Councils in your area.
Are Indian mynas present in your neighbourhood? Contact Nambucca Valley Landcare on 02 6564 7838 to report any new areas of invasion.
Map of reported myna sightings throughout the project area.
|No. volunteer trappers||No. trapped Myna birds|
|Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Yr 1||Yr 2||Yr 1||Year 2 Year 3||Yr 1||Yr 2||Yr 1||Year 2 Year 3|
|Bellingen||32||27||32||25 42||125||172||161||57 325|
|Nambucca||50||45<||40||30 51||234||376||234||208 296|
|Coffs Harbour||73||68||103||63 118||601||602||761||315 563|
|Totals across Project Area||155||140||175||118 211||960||1, 150||1,156||450 1184|
Although the trapping success rate for this reporting period is at peak level compared to previous years, the number of volunteers participating in trapping, as well as the number of birds trapped is lower than any other period over Stage 1 and 2 (refer to Figure 1 & 2 below). This reinforces volunteer trapper observations that while mynas commonly re-infest a site after trapping, the overall number of Indian mynas and flock sizes observed have gradually reduced over time. Database records of reported myna sightings also point to this. For example, the frequency of reported sightings of large myna flocks numbering more than 20 individuals has steadily decreased over the life of the project (Stage 1, Yr1 – 50 reports, Yr 2 – 32 reports, Stage 2, Yr 1 – 28 reports, Yr 2 to date – 21 reports). These are encouraging results, which indicate that long-term trapping activities can keep myna numbers down, which in turn reduces competition with native wildlife, as well as reducing other impacts to urban and natural landscapes.
The Indian Myna Control Project is a joining of two community driven projects funded by the NSW Environmental Trust covering the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Local Government Areas and the Hastings and Macleay LGA’s. The projects seek to reduce the impacts of the growing Indian myna invasion in our urban and rural environments. The web site provides you with background information on this feral species and how you can participate in the population reduction program. You'll find all the latest news on Indian mynas, as well as details of up-coming events and activities in your local area.
The Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis) belongs to the Starling family; a group of birds which includes another invasive species, the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris).
The main objectives of the project
Indian Myan Control useful links