Illegal poison kills native birds near Sandy Beach

EPA

The fatal poisoning of 16 native birds with an illegal pesticide at Moonee Beach Nature Reserve has prompted the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to call on the community to come forward with information to uncover the perpetrator.

The EPA is aware of the poisoning of 16 birds, including White Ibis, Brush Turkey and Wonga Pigeon, at the Reserve, which is adjacent to Ironbark Avenue, Sandy Beach.

Investigations commenced after the EPA received reports from concerned local residents in October.

Initial investigations indicate the birds were poisoned with the pesticide fenamiphos, which is illegal to possess for home use. Fenamiphos, is highly toxic for the user and any child or adult that comes into contact with dead animals or suspected baits.

EPA Director Regulatory Operations Steve Orr said it was a serious offence to use pesticides that kill or harm animals such as native birds.

“We’ve tested the dead birds and the results were positive for pesticide poisoning. It is concerning native species have been killed in what appears to have been a deliberate and illegal act,” said Mr Orr.

“A person convicted of using a pesticide that results in the death of animals such as native birds can be fined up to $120,000.

“Residents are urged to avoid suspected baits or dead birds in the area and immediately report sightings to the EPA and any other relevant information.”

Relevant information should be reported to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555. This includes:

  • witnessing suspicious activity
  • finding evidence of baiting
  • providing information to help identify those who may be involved in pesticide misuse

Under the Pesticides Act and National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, it is illegal to use pesticides to kill or harm animals such as native birds.

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