Farm Gate Tour 2017
Take yourself on tour with Hastings Landcare's 2017 Farm Gate Tour where you can experience where good food comes from and discover how our local farmers are protecting our natural environment and practicing sustainable agriculture. This year you can self-drive to over 10 properties, meet the farmers and learn about open range food production, Landcare initiatives and the local food movement. Farm Gates are open at set times over the 3 days of the June long weekend so you can tailor your tour to visit as few or as many farms as you wish..
Stretching from the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, the Farm Gate Tour is a must do exploration of the Greater Hastings region's stunning scenery. You get to visit farms not usually open to the public. Enterprises range from large to small scale holdings and include garlic, essential oils, cattle breeding, conservation sanctuaries, native bush-foods, pigs, sheep, dairy cows, free range chickens and up close animal encounters for children to enjoy.
We have rescheduled some of the Farm Gate Tours that cancelled. They are scheduled for Sunday the 27th August 2017;
- 10:30am Naked Farmers Tour, lunch available($15) at 12:30pm (bookings essential 6587 4383 or )
- 2:30pm Gromorbeef Tour (high clearance 4WD access)(bookings essential 6586 4465)
Indian Myna Control Program
The revised Indian Myna Control Project Handbook is now available.
This informative booklet will be provided to all trappers. For your free copy please contact Hastings Landcare or your local community contact person. This handbook was funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, Holiday Coast Credit Union, Port Macquarie Hastings Council and supported by NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Landcare, Coffs Harbour City Council, Bellingen Shire Council, Northern Rivers CMA and Nambucca Shire Council.
The Indian Myna Acridotheres tristis (also known as the Common Myna) was introduced into Australia in the late 1860s to control insects but has since become a huge problem in cities and urban centres along the Eastern seaboard. Indian Mynas compete for nesting hollows with native birds, destroying their eggs and chicks and interrupting natural breeding. They will also evict small mammals from their hollows leaving them potentially unusable due to their messy nesting habits. The Indian Myna is listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as one of the worlds top 100 most invasive species, of which only 3 are birds.
Indian Mynas can pose a threat to human health, especially if they nest in your roof where they can start a bird mite infestation in your house, which is highly unpleasant and can last up to 3 weeks.
It is relatively easy to distinguish between the Australian native Noisy Miner and the imported menace. Indian Mynas are brown with a black head and a yellow beak, eye and legs. (insert Pictures)
If you think you have Indian Mynas then why not become part of our monitoring program.
There are many things that individuals can do to reduce the numbers.
- Making sure food scraps, pet food, and native bird feeders are not available to them.
- Blocking holes in roofs & eaves to deny Mynas roosting sites.
- Removing exotic trees with dense foliage such as palms and conifers
- Planting natives to encourage native birds.
Specially designed traps are available, along with information on control, trapping and humane euthanasia. Any native birds which enter the traps are promptly released unharmed. Spring and Summer is the best trapping time, as Mynas form breeding pairs and look for nesting sites, and gather in family groups of 6 to 12 to look for food.
If you have noticed Indian Mynas in your neighbourhood, and would like to be involved in the monitoring or trapping program, please call Hastings Landcare on 02 6586 4465.
The community needs to work together if we are to protect and maintain our local biodiversity and our peace of mind. Your input is most appreciated.
For further information please follow the link www.indianmynaproject.com.au.
The following pictures will assist you in clearly identifying the Indian Myna vs the Noisy Miner
- Indian Myna Brochure
- Myna Proof Nest Box
- Indian Myna Monitoring Sheet
- Indian Myna Trap BLANK Results Table
- RSPCA Control of Indian Mynas
- Trapping Tips