Study into Albany ibis numbers

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Authorities will study ibis numbers at Albany’s Lake Seppings after community concern about colony numbers.

The City of Albany will work with Department of Conservation, Biodiversity and Attractions to survey the number of birds at the colony to find out if there are environmental or cultural factors causing a population increase.

City of Albany reserves manager Jacqui Freeman said although ibis were native and protected under the Wildlife Act, large populations can create perceptions that they are a pest.

"The birds do play an important role in natural wetlands ecology, however we do understand there may be issues around noise, smell and unsightliness for Lake Seppings residents," Ms Freeman said.

"We hope that by monitoring the Ibis activity in the area we can identify some suitable management solutions such as restricting food sources or breeding success, vegetation management and continued monitoring."

Residents in the vicinity are encouraged to contribute to the study by completing a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/albanyibissurvey

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