The European starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is listed as one of the world’s worst 100 invasive alien species by the IUCN (World Conservation Union). Starlings represent a significant biosecurity risk to agriculture, the environment and the community of Western Australia (WA). Fortunately for WA, the Nullarbor Plain represents a natural barrier restricting the westward movement of starlings, but it is not completely starling-proof. Currently, there are sparse numbers of starlings across the Nullarbor Plain and two ‘founder’ populations of starlings near Esperance, on the eastern edge of WA’s Agricultural Region. The Western Australian Department of Agriculture (DAWA) and the Agriculture Protection Board (APB) have successfully strategically managed starlings since 1971. More recently, some applied research strategies have been initiated to assist best practice management. This paper briefly outlines the past, current and future management and research strategies used to keep WA free from starlings.
|Author||Woolnough, A. P., Massam, M. C., Payne, R. L. and Pickles, G. S.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|
|Institution||Department of Agriculture, WA|