Tatura Men's Shed traps in demand

Demand continues for Indian myna bird traps, with members of the Tatura Men’s Shed ‘‘flat-out’’ turning out the cages in order to satisfy customers’ orders.

BOB NICOL January 23, 2014 4:10am

Max Smith and Ian Deaville with a Indian Myna bird trap.

Co-ordinator Ian Deaville said to date, almost 100 traps had been build and sold, resulting in the capture of possibly thousands of the destructive birds.

The Indian myna along with the European starling are introduced species to Australia and are having devastating effects on native birds.

They are a documented feral pest in Australia and it’s legal to catch and destroy them.

The traps are made by members of Tatura Men’s Shed in conjunction with Goulburn Valley Landcare Network to a specific design.

They sell for $50 and come with instructions on how best to use them.

Mr Deaville said the shed had a ‘‘stockpile’’ of nine traps to start the new year, but they had all gone and orders continue to roll in.

‘‘We get eight traps out of one roll of wire and it generally takes around three hours to make two cages, depending on how many people are involved,’’ he said.

‘‘We average about six (traps) a week.’’

Mr Deaville said traps had been sold to all parts of Victoria and the shed had just received orders from Swan Hill and Geelong.

However, what is frustrating members, is the lack of follow-up support received from buyers.

Harry White, who is co-ordinating the follow-up program to determine just how many birds have been trapped and their location, said it was disappointing more buyers weren’t responding.

‘‘I send an email out once a fortnight to all people who have purchased a trap seeking information as to the number of birds caught but I am getting little response,’’ he said.

He said late last year records showed 482 Indian myna birds had been trapped, but this was not a true reflection of numbers, because it only represented four of the 30 or so traps sold at the time.

‘‘We desperately need feedback for our records,’’ Mr White said.

‘‘If you are reading this, have purchased a trap and not provided feedback on the number of birds caught, please ring or text me on 0407 546 172, email harrywhite200@gmail.com or taturamensshed@hotmail.com’’

Mr White said by responding, this would allow him to visit sites where traps were located, get a GPS reading and a better idea of the trap’s co-ordinates.

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