DEC Fauna Note No. 25
Status and Damage Reduction
The Silvereye is a declared pest of agriculture under theprovisions of the
Agriculture and Related ResourcesProtection Act 1976
, administered by the WesternAustralian Department of Agriculture and Food. Thisdeclaration allows for the approval and implementation of amanagement program in various areas of the state.As a native species, the Silvereye is protected under theprovisions of the
Wildlife Conservation Act 1950
,administered by the Department of Environment andConservation (DEC). Under this Act
Silvereyes can beshot on private land in accordance with an open seasonnotice without the need to obtain a damage licence fromDEC.
The area covered by the notice comprises thesouth-west land division.
Within this area Silvereyepopulations are secure and damage to agriculture is likelyto be a continual problem.Outside the open season area, a damage licence must beobtained from DEC prior to shooting. For moreinformation, contact DEC and refer to Fauna Note No. 9.Destruction of Birds to Reduce Damage. DEC, WesternAustralia.Destruction should be viewed as a last resort after all othercontrol options have been attempted. For othermanagement options see the table
Options for Reducing Damage Caused by Silvereyes
below. A strategycomprising a number of techniques will probably be neededto reduce damage caused by Silvereyes.
Enquire with neighbours before planting to determineif Silvereyes are present and if there is a history of damage.
Plant crops in large blocks because they have a smalleredge to area ratio and may suffer less damage.Silvereyes tend to damage outside rows first and mostseverely. Plant early or late maturing varieties awayfrom crop edges.
Plant crops away from native vegetation (whichSilvereyes rely on for nest, roost sites and food) wherethey are less likely to be damaged.
Plant rows parallel to native vegetation to reducedamage levels. This way, birds cannot easily fly downrows and penetrate into the heart of the crop to feed.
Minimise water supplies near the vineyard becauseSilvereyes appear to require fresh water when eatinggrapes.
Silvereye. Birds in Backyards, Australian Museum.
Contact your local office of the Department of Environment and Conservation.See the Department’s website for the latest information:
Last updated 12 December 2007.Disclaimer
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