Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) Recovery Plan 2001-2005

Caution: archived content

This content may have been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Swift Parrot Recovery Team (2001)
Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment
ISBN 0 7246 6283 9

Recovery Actions (continued)

Action 2. Manage Swift Parrot Habitat at a Landscape Scale

Action 2a. Mapping of foraging and breeding habitat

Aims

To map foraging and nesting habitat across the range of the swift parrot.

Justification

The mapping of foraging and nesting habitat will be available to land use planners so that important habitat can be protected and managed. Habitat mapping will also enable landholders to be identified and be approached with offers of assistance to protect and manage habitat on their land. The mapping will also enable a strategic approach to be taken in managing habitat patches across the landscape.

Methods

Swift parrot locations and habitat will be plotted onto maps of an appropriate scale. On ground mapping of the site will delineate the suitable habitat surrounding the records. GIS modelling of swift parrot habitat data will also be undertaken to identify potential areas of habitat. Habitat mapping will form the basis of a swift parrot habitat management strategy across the range of the species.

In Victoria and New South Wales habitat mapping will be included in forest management plans and regional vegetation strategies. In Tasmania the mapping of grassy blue gum forest and shrubby/grassy swamp gum forest is being undertaken by the recovery program in conjunction with the Vegetation Management Strategy and the Private Land Reserve Program of the Regional Forest Agreement. Funds will be required to undertake habitat mapping, GIS modelling, field truthing and map production.

Responsibilities

Administration: NRE (Bendigo), NPWS (Queanbeyan), DPIWE (Hobart). Fieldwork: NRE (Bendigo), NPWS (Queanbeyan), DPIWE (Hobart), volunteers

Costs ($1000s)

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Total
33.0 11.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 67.0

Action 2b. Management and protection of habitat

Aims

To implement appropriate management regimes to conserve swift parrot habitat on public and private land.

Justification

Habitat loss and degradation has been identified as a major threatening process. This action aims to target those important habitats and sites identified in Action 1 for protection and enhancement using a range of administrative avenues and voluntary measures to ensure that they are maintained in the long term and to improve the carrying capacity. Mechanisms to achieve this include threatened species legislation, vegetation clearance controls, codes of practice for forestry and agriculture, conservation agreements, covenants, Land for Wildlife schemes and habitat rehabilitation programs.

Methods

A range of methods will be used to carry out this action including:

  • Increasing the awareness of landowners and managers, State agencies and Local Governments of their responsibilities under State and National threatened species protection legislation.
  • Strategic targeting of priority foraging and nesting sites on private land for protection under land management agreements or covenants.
  • Target priority foraging, roosting and nesting habitat on State Forest and other Crown Land for additions to the reserve system through the Regional Forest Agreement process where they include swift parrot habitat.
  • Ensure that codes of practice for forestry including plantation establishment include prescriptions for the protection of the habitat of the swift parrot.
  • Develop and implement management guidelines in New South Wales for habitat that remains in State Forest under the Integrated Approval process (NSW).
  • Develop and implement Special Management Zones (SMZ) in Victoria for habitat that remains in State Forest under a Forest Management Plan.
  • Form links with vegetation management programs such as Bushcare to identify swift parrot habitat and areas that would benefit from re-vegetation and rehabilitation. This can be facilitated in NSW via the Regional Vegetation Management Planning process under the NSW Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997 and in Tasmania by the Vegetation Management Strategy.
  • Undertake habitat rehabilitation through programs such as Landcare and the Tasmanian schools based Swift Parrot habitat Rehabilitation network.
  • Protect potential and known foraging habitat and known roosting habitat on private land in NSW through: (i) the Regional Vegetation Management Planning process and the clearing consent process under the NSW Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997, (ii) local and regional environmental planning process under Part III of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and (iii) encourage protection of habitat in residential zones via Part IV of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Funds are required for a project officer to develop strategies and management prescriptions and negotiate conservation agreements with landowners and land managers.

Responsibilities

Administration: NRE (Bendigo),NPWS (Queanbeyan), DPIWE (Hobart)

Costs ($1000’s)

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Total
29.0 23.0 23.0 24.0 24.0 123.0

Action 2c. Develop a strategy to provide for a continued supply of suitable nest hollows.

Aim

To develop a strategy to provide for a continued supply of trees with hollows in Tasmania for nesting swift parrots.

Justification

Action has been taken to protect existing nest sites and there are prescriptions for the protection of habitat trees in wildlife habitat clumps in production forest however there has been no assessment as to whether there will be a continued supply of suitable nest hollows into the future. A strategy for the recruitment of hollow bearing trees should be developed which caters for all hollow dependent species, as this will be more effective than a species by species approach.

Methods

The recovery team will promote the development of a nest hollow strategy to the responsible agencies and stakeholder groups, including the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment, Forest Practices Board, Forestry Tasmania, Forest Industry Association of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. The strategy will address a range of threatening processes including the continuing loss of hollow bearing trees in native forests and woodlands due to firewood harvesting which is being considered for listing as a key threatening process on the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Responsibilities

Administration: DPIWE (Hobart)

Costs ($1000s)

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Total
4.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 8.0

Action 2d. Ecological thinning in mainland habitats

Aims

To accelerate the recovery of swift parrot habitats by thinning of coppice regrowth forest.

Justification

Swift parrot sites in some box ironbark forests in Victoria were heavily cut over for timber until relatively recently. As a result habitats within these areas have a high density of young coppice regrowth from past forestry practices. These habitats are no longer used for timber harvesting and the recovery of these sites to high quality swift parrot habitat will occur in time. However, this process of recovery may be accelerated significantly by the implementation of thinning of stems. Current research indicates that larger trees are preferred by swift parrots for foraging as they flower more frequently than smaller trees and they support a larger number of flowers.

Methods

Swift parrot sites in need of thinning in non-timber harvesting areas will be identified, and trials will be carried out. Ongoing monitoring to assess the effectiveness of the trials will be conducted, from which management guidelines will be developed for non-harvesting areas. Funds are required to undertake thinning trials and monitoring.

Responsibilities

Administration: NRE (Bendigo). Fieldwork: NRE (Bendigo)

Costs ($1000s)

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Total
0.0 0.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 30.0