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6 February 2018

The City of Albany will be working in partnership with Department of Conservation, Biodiversity and Attractions to determine an accurate census of Ibis after the community recently raised concerns about the size of the colony at Lake Seppings.  

Experts from the Department of Conservation, Biodiversity and Attractions will collect data to determine the extent of the Ibis colony and whether there is environmental or cultural factors causing the significant increase in population. 

City of Albany’s Manager of City Reserves Jacqui Freeman said although Ibis are a native bird and protected under the Wildlife Act, large populations can create perceptions that they are a pest.

“The birds do play an important role in natural wetlands ecology, however we do understand there may be issues around noise, smell and unsightliness for Lake Seppings residents,” Ms Freeman said.

“We hope that by monitoring the Ibis activity in the area we can identify some suitable management solutions such as restricting food sources or breeding success, vegetation management and continued monitoring.”

Residents in the vicinity are encouraged to contribute to the study by completing a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/albanyibissurvey

For further information please contact Manager City Reserves Jacqui Freeman on 6820 3946 or reserves@albany.wa.gov.au