Monitoring uncovers foxes, cats at Wetland Reserve

A number of bird species are understood to be under threat after recent monitoring programs uncovered foxes and feral cats inhabiting the Lake Warden Wetland Reserve.

The reserve supports a large number of birds, many of which are increasingly coming under threat as a result of predation by animal pests.

South Coast Natural Resource Management project officer Claudia Magana said urgent action was required to address the issue.

"Not only are our native birds under threat, sadly a number of small landholdings have lost chickens and other birds to vicious attacks," she said.

"We need to take action to address this issue now because a control program across tenure is needed.

"One way we can help make that control program a reality is through improving local knowledge and skills in how to manage pest animals on their property.

"Often, the techniques and products that are available to large properties aren't appropriate on small properties close to town."

The organisation hosted a workshop on June 13 to address feral animals, coinciding with the pest control program being run by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on Lake Warden wetlands reserve.

This workshop was made possible through funding from the federal government's National Landcare Program.