Logging in habitat for the critically endangered Swift Parrot has been exposed today by Bob Brown Foundation campaign organisers and volunteers.
This morning in Tasmania’s southern forests, a group of citizen science surveyors were faced with logging machines destroying forests right under a flock of Swift Parrots.
“Today, we have written to Premier Gutwein, Tasmania’s Logging Minister Barnett, Forest Practices Authority and Forestry Tasmania calling for an immediate cessation to logging in this specific coupe and all habitat across Tasmania. In Tasmania’s Esperance forests today, Swift Parrots were observed in and around the logging coupe, forests that have mature hollow bearing trees ideal for nesting and flowering eucalyptus for their feeding,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Erik Hayward said.
“Our Foundation has been pleading with Tasmania’s Liberal government since 2015 to follow the International Union for Conservation and Nature’s (IUCN) recommendation to place all Swift Parrot habitat into secure conservation reserves. Logging continues in their critical nesting and foraging habitat and Premier Gutwein is overseeing the fastest parrot on Earth rapidly heading to extinction,” Jenny Weber said.
“Today's sighting occurred during our Foundation’s annual Swift Parrots surveying program. This is our second year surveying the logging coupes on Forestry Tasmania’s logging schedule. Since late October, we have hosted more than 100 people on seven surveys into thirty proposed logging coupes that are areas of Swift Parrot habitat and in the southern forests where the parrots have settled to breed this year,” Jenny Weber said.
“These are not the first parrots seen in our surveys, but with ongoing logging in their critical breeding habitat, opportunities to see Swift Parrots are diminishing as Tasmania flattens their nursery habitats,” Erik Hayward said.