Feral animals seriously impact the viability of native bird and animal populations in highly urbanised environments. The small size and fragmented nature of our remnant habitat areas severely limits the ability of native species to survive and flourish in this area.
Feral animals such as stray domestic cats and the European red fox are known to predate on the small native lizards and birds found urban areas of Sydney.
Please click on this link to find further information on feral animals (external link) or read on for information foxes and Indian myna birds.
European Red Foxes
The Inner West Council along with 10 other Sydney councils are participating in an Integrated Fox Management Project for the Inner, Eastern and Southern Sydney Urban Region of Sydney.
This project has established a monitoring program to better understand fox distribution, movements, predation, diet, and behaviour within the region. The project also involves engaging with the community on fox monitoring activities and facilitates the reporting of fox sightings. This sightings information will be collected and communicated to the regional coordinator through a dedicated mapping website. The data collected will be used to inform future management actions.
The target areas for this project contain numerous threatened species which have been identified as being potentially impacted by foxes including pied oyster catcher, little tern, green & golden bell frog, green turtle, giant burrowing frog and for Ashfield the Long-nosed Bandicoot.
Please visit the Foxscan website to record your fox sightings: http://www.feralscan.org.au/foxscan/sydneysouth
Indian Mynas in Australia
Common Indian mynas were first brought to Melbourne in 1862 to control insect pests in market gardens. Even thought they weren't successful at doing this, they were soon spread around Australia. There are now feral colonies all around Australia. These birds are a significant problem for our native wildlife as they compete with native birds and possums for nesting sites and food.
Numbers of Indian mynas in urban areas have increased dramatically in recent years.
Why Indian Mynas are a Problem
They compete aggressively with native wildlife for nesting hollows, evicting and killing the young of native animals. Examples of animals affected include birds like kookaburras, rosellas and dollar birds.
Indian mynas invade endangered habitats and further increase the risk of extinction of some endangered native species.
They also can be an economic problem because they damage grain and fruit crops. Mynas can also spread mites and they have the potential to spread disease to people and domestic animals. They can also be a problem in outdoor eating areas as they become fearless about stealing food off people's plates.
How are they controlled?
An Indian myna trap was developed by the Australian National University in 2005. Mynas are caught in the trap and can then be euthanised using carbon dioxide.
What the Law Says About Indian Mynas
In 2000 Common Indian Mynas were listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as one of the World's 100 Worst Invasive Species.
More information on dealing with Indian mynas can be found at the Office of Environment and Heritage website: How do I deal with Indian mynas?
Or visit this website Common Indian Myna - Australian National University