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How safe is your netting?

Is fruit netting absolutely necessary? How much produce is harvested? How much is wasted? Consider sharing and enjoying the visiting wildlife to the garden.

Flying foxes and native birds are particularly prone to entanglement in netting. They can become so entangled that they can no longer fly and have to be euthanased. The grey-headed flying-fox is protected under the Commonwealth Environment & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Flying foxes and native birds are also protected in the ACT under the Nature Conservation Strategy 2014.

Flying foxes and native birds are a keystone species in the Australian environment they play an important role in keeping our ecosystem healthy. They pollinate flowers and disperse seeds as they forage on nectar and pollen of eucalypts, melaleucas & banksias and the fruits of forest trees and vines.

Before you put up any netting follow these guidelines:

  • Don’t put netting on until the fruit has been fertilised.
  • Before covering the trees make sure there are no holes in the nets stored from last year.
  • Some examples of preferred fruit tree netting with an aperture 5mmx5mm / 70GSM fully stretched as in the photos below.
  • Netting needs to be tied tightly around the trunk or over a frame and if nets are sewn together make sure there are no gaps.
  • Gaps must be smaller than being able to put your finger through.

Examples of good netting.

Netting is tied tightly around the trunk.

An example of bad netting.

WARNING: Some wildlife, especially flying foxes or snakes carry diseases and maybe dangerous. If someone is bitten or scratched by a flying-fox thoroughly wash the site and contact your doctor immediately or go to Emergency at Canberra Hospital to get vaccinated against the Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL ), this is free .

Do not attempt to cut wildlife from the netting, call ACT Wildlife rescuers on 0432 300 033 who are all vaccinated and trained in rescuing flying-foxes, birds and snakes.

ACTW to receive recurrent funding over next four years!

ACT Wildlife is delighted to have been recognised in the ACT Budget with recurrent funding over the next four years.

This funding will allow us to further implement some of the goals in our Strategic Plan.

These are exciting times and we look forward to being able to share more details over time.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, staff and the members of the public who assist ACT Wildlife in our care for injured and orphaned wildlife in the ACT.

Indian Myna now a recognised pest

The Indian myna is a feral bird that has now been classified as a pest. As a wildlife rescue organisation ACT Wildlife is not permitted to care for pest animals.

For all inquiries relating to Indian Mynas please contact the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group
http://www.indianmynaaction.org.au
handke@grapevine.net.au

Know the difference between the feral Indian Myna and our native Noisy Miner.

Indian Myna - photo by Geoffrey Dabb
Noisy Miner - photo by Mark David

$10,000 Donation from The Green Shed

Above: Sandie Parkes, The Green Shed with Lindy Butcher, President, ACT Wildlife.

The Green Shed fundraises to a target of $10,000 which is then donated to a local charity and ACTW was chosen as the local charity when their target was reached. This is an incredibly generous community service that they provide and we have lots of items we can spend that money on, including a trailer, a garage and medical equipment for our soon to be delivered Wildlife First Aid Clinic. Thank you The Green Shed!

New ACTW Car

In 2020 we were granted money from “Eldon & Anne Foote Trust” administered by The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation for the purchase of a car – a new electric Hyundai Kona.  The purpose of the vehicle is for rescue and transport when calls are received about wildlife in distress. Look out for it as you drive around Canberra streets.

Thank you to our very generous donors.

Wildlife Warriors

Recently our newest Sponsor a Species Wildlife Warriors spent time learning about our work rescuing, caring and releasing birds.

Sponsor a Species is a program designed for everyone to be involved in helping our wildlife. Wildlife Warriors have the opportunity for up close encounters with the species they choose to support. Learn more.

New Bat Aviary

Our bat aviary at Jerrabomberra is now complete and ready for it’s new occupants. Last month it was officially opened by Dermot O’Gorman, Chief Executive Officer of the WWF-Australia. Their very generous donation of $50,000 allowed the aviary to be constructed to house pre-release bats that will finish their rehabilitation with flight practise then be released from the aviary through a specially constructed release hatch. Marg Peachey, President ACT Wildlife, thanked WWF-Australia for their support and partnership in this project.

Bats or Flying Foxes are a vital part of the environment in the pollination process of native trees and shrubs. They are far more efficient than birds and bees. 

Photo from left: Jim Peachey, Barbara Mabbott, Sandra Corbett, Denise Kay (ACTW Bat Coordinator), Marg Peachey (ACTW President), Dermot O'Gorman (CEO, WWF-Australia) and Bonnie Monkhouse (Capital Certifiers).

ACT Wildlife has been selected by The Green Shed to be the next recipient of their Charity Day $10,000 donation. They will begin their fundraising for us on Wednesday 31 March and continue until they reach their $10,000 target. This is an incredibly generous community service that they provide and we have lots of items we can spend that money on, including a trailer, a garage and medical equipment for our soon to be delivered Wildlife First Aid Clinic. You can help them achieve their goal by checking out The Green Shed at Mugga Lane and Mitchell to see if someone else’s unwanted household and garden items might be part of your next big project.

Thank you to The Green Shed for this amazing gift.   

This is what Sandie Parkes, from The Green Shed, had to say about their offer:

“The Green Shed has been managing the Territory’s Reuse facilities at Mugga Lane and Mitchell since January 2010.  It is a privately owned and operated business with a strong Community focus.  On the last Wednesday of every month The Green Shed collects ALL monies that come across the counter at both their Mugga Lane and Mitchell sites until an amount of $10,000 is reached which is then donated to a local charity or good cause.  The Green Shed looks forward to recognising the great work of ACT Wildlife as the next recipient of our $10,000 cheque.”

The Annual General Meeting for ACT Wildlife was held on Sunday 14 March. The 2021 Committee sees some big changes to executive roles and some new faces to the Committee. Read our new President, Lindy Butcher’s welcome statement below.

‘Thank you to everyone who braved the cool Autumn day to attend the AGM at Duffy on Sunday. A new committee was elected with some returning members and some new faces making up our new committee. Thank you for placing your confidence in me to be your new President, I’m excited and more than a little nervous. Marg has left big boots for me to fill. Marg Peachey has been President of ACT Wildlife since we began 7 years ago, but many won’t be aware that she has had a key leadership role in ACT Wildlife since its early days as The Wildlife Foundation over 20 years ago and then as RSPCA Wildlife. Thank you, Marg, you have been an inspiration to me and to many others with your passion and commitment for the welfare of wildlife in the ACT. I’m very pleased that you will be staying on as Vice President.

We look forward to working with, and for, our volunteers and members to continue to grow ACT Wildlife over the next 12 months and into the future.’