Bell Minor Associated Dieback (BMAD)
Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD) has the potential to undermine the resilience of Gondwana World Heritage rainforest through diminishing tree health. Research proves that Bell Miner colonies favour a sparse Eucalypt over-storey and dense under-storey, such as thick Lantana. This particular ecosystem provides prime habitat where they can feed on psyllid insects inhabiting the Eucalyptus leaves whilst nesting in the perfectly dense Lantana thickets. Bell Miners live in large colonies and are aggressively territorial, ultimately excluding all other native insect feeding birds. Given the relationship between under-storey density and the territorial nature of Bell Miner colonisation, controlling unnaturally dense areas supporting Miner nesting is the most logical point at which to interrupt the BMAD cycle.
Monitoring from the community is a crucial part of the management cycle acting to inform managers of successful and appropriate management options as well as records of abundance to improve their current effectiveness. The results will be used to evaluate the success of treatments and whether it needs adjustments to meet the planned outcome.
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Metadata last updated on 2019-05-23 16:28:02.0