National mapping of the abundance of established, new and emerging pest animals to improve decision-making and the assessment of government investment programs: Part 2 – PEST BIRDS

Lead researcher: Peter West, NSW Department of Primary Industries, peter.west@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Base-line information on the extent and abundance of pest birds is required to evaluate the effectiveness of on-ground control activities, as well as government policy, programs, and investment. Current information on pest birds is primarily managed in discrete state-based datasets within many organisations, meaning that any attempt at examining trends across the Australian landscape requires collation of data from a variety of sources.

This project aimed to directly address the need for improved information on the extent and abundance of pest bird species across the Australian states and territories through 4 objectives:

  1. Implement nationally endorsed monitoring protocols (at a finer-scale) to collect, collate and report information for priority pest bird species throughout Australia (to complement existing datasets for terrestrial pest animal species being addressed in concurrent projects and government reporting initiatives).
  1. Develop improved Australia-wide datasets for priority pest bird species for monitoring, evaluation, reporting and program improvement (MERI), to support regional NRM groups and land managers.
  1. Centralise data for introduced pest bird species from available information, and producing consistent mapping and data products for relevant regional, state/territory and national authorities to complement government initiatives for pest species data reporting.
  1. Deliver information products to relevant agencies, land managers, community- groups and regional NRM bodies, via government data libraries, portals, and web-sites.

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
For more APARP projects, visit: www.pestsmart.org.au/australian-pest-animal-research-program/

Secondary title APARP Report
Author Peter West
Year 2011
Publisher NSW Department of Primary Industries
Pages 61
Region Australia - national
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