Aerial pest management for east Kimberley nature reserves

The boardwalk at Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve
The boardwalk at Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve Parks and Wildlife

A program to reduce pest animal numbers in Parry Lagoons and Ord River nature reserves will soon be carried out by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

East Kimberley district manager Luke Bentley said both reserves would be closed to the public from Tuesday 19 August to Thursday 21 August during the operation.

In addition, Old Halls Creek Road within Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve will be closed between Thursday 14 August and Saturday 16 August.

“This aerial pest management program will reduce numbers of pest animals, mainly cattle, causing significant damage to the reserve’s sensitive wetlands and native animal habitat,” Mr Bentley said.

“We are required to manage pest animals in the Parry Lagoons and Ord River nature reserves as these areas are listed as wetlands of international significance under the Ramsar Convention.

“Cattle trample and eat native vegetation including water lilies, cause erosion, foul the water, spread weeds and trample native animals including eggs, snails and nests.

“Cattle can also pose a safety risk to people accessing the reserves.”

For more information about the temporary closure of Parry Lagoons and Ord River nature reserves, or the aerial pest management program, contact the Parks and Wildlife East Kimberley district manager Luke Bentley on 9168 4200.

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