PNHA is committed to raising awareness of, and providing information on environmental issues.
We are involved in advocacy for environmental protection of key strategic sites, as well as the overall maintenance of the natural values that make Pittwater special. PNHA provides comment and advice on matters before Council that affect the environment through submissions where community consulation is invited.
For example, establishing corridors for wildlife to cope with the widening of Mona Vale Rd and Ingleside land releases is essential. Ingleside Chase Reserve and Katandra Bushland Reserve MUST have fauna corridors to Ku-ring-gai Chase and Garigal National Parks to conserve healthy bushland and its wildlife, and the means to safely cross the widened road. PNHA is represented on the community reference group for the Ingleside land release.
We succeeded in getting 122 Mona Vale Rd rezoned E2 Environmental protection and also woodland along the upper bank of Narrabeen Creek on 120 Mona Vale Rd.
Mona Vale Road widening
We are lobbying NSW Roads and Maritime to ensure that fauna corridors are recognised and crossings provided to allow fauna to move between bushland areas. We are partnering with Northern Beaches Roadkill Prevention Committee in this project.
Pittwater Estuary Care Stage 3
This community grant for $15 000 from the Federal Government through Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GSLLS) will fund more bush regeneration around Careel Bay and along Careel Creek. Stages 1 and 2 funded weed removal, planting of tubestock and maintenance along the creek and Asparagus Fern control on Barrenjoey dunes.
Our first planting day was on Saturday May 23 along Careel Creek near Barrenjoey High School.
About Asparagus Fern
Asparagus Fern is Pittwater’s worst weed. The good news is that you don’t have to dig out those white tubers – they are only for storing water and cannot grow if left in the ground. What you need to remove is the crown or central growing point. All berries and the crown should go into your green waste bin.
Baha’i Temple Bushcare
Grevillea caleyi is a critically endangered species. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is funding a Saving Our Species project to conserve it. Greater Sydney Local Land Services have provided an extra grant to PNHA for contract bush regeneration and for tools for the volunteers who work here every second month.
Pittwater Indian Myna Control Group (PIMAG)
We are running a control program for Indian or Common Mynas, with support of Pittwater Council. The Indian Myna is like a flying rat. It’s a problem because it competes aggressively with native wildlife for nesting hollows.
Mynas nest in tree hollows, or places like them, such as holes in roofs. Hollows are in short supply in Pittwater. Mynas are capable of evicting even large birds such as Kookaburras, Dollarbirds and Rosellas from their nests. Mynas also evict small mammals like Sugar Gliders from hollows – which commonly means a death sentence for the Gliders because they have nowhere else to go.
Mynas can also spread mites and they have the potential to spread disease to people and domestic animals.
Mynas become quite fearless of people if they are not hassled and can be a problem in outdoor eating areas by stealing food off people’s plates. This bird is not cute. It is a pest in many countries of the world. Many communities in NSW and Canberra are taking action to control it. Pittwater Indian Myna Action Group (PIMAG) is inviting residents to take part in trapping Mynas on private land.
We can supply specially designed Myna traps. The lightweight wire traps have food and water inside for the trapped birds. Birds enter the trap attracted by the food but cannot escape. Birds will be euthanased by methods approved by the RSPCA. If a different type of bird enters the trap it can be removed unharmed.
All trapping is on private land by community volunteers. We can provide information on trapping and euthanasia. You may prefer not to do the euthanasia. That’s OK – we can organise that. Contact Nick Halkyard on 0416 288 874 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also visit the PIMAG Facebook page.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Indian or Common Myna. It has yellow legs and when it flies reveals a large white spot on its wing. Chocolate brown with a black head. It spends a lot of time walking on the ground, is bold and very intelligent. It nests in a hollow.
The protected native Noisy Miner. It is common urban bird. Mostly grey, with yellow markings on its face. It doesn’t have a white wing spot. It builds a nest in a tree. It hops rather than walks and is always in a noisy group.
PNHA Sunday Birdwatching Walks
Our bird guides introduce participants to Pittwater’s birds. To find out more and to book, visit the Walks and Talks page.