Work targets Ibis nesting sites

Work has begun to remove vegetation from two islands at Lake Weeroona ahead of the upcoming ibis breeding season.

City of Greater Bendigo parks and natural reserves manager Debbie Wood said the removal work would make the islands less desirable for nesting.

“Last season Lake Weeroona was inundated by a large colony of Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccu) – a protected native species under the Wildlife Act (1975),” she said.

“Lake Weeroona is one of Greater Bendigo’s most visited recreation areas and when the Ibis took over the islands last summer the City received complaints about smell, noise and mess.

“With the nesting season coming up we hope the work will help discourage the birds from returning to Lake Weeroona.”