Club to take aim at nuisance birds
THE Warwick Golf Club has had it up to the treetops with corella birds ruining their greens, so much so they've pulled out the big guns ... literally.
As of Thursday, the club will take on a new Department of Environment Resource Management approved initiative, Birdfrite, whereby scare tactics will be used in an attempt to frighten away the birds.
Course Superintendent Craig Cox said there were upward of 2000 birds on the course each day, and this was the final straw for the club.
"Birdfrite is launched from a 12-gauge shot gun, it's a non-lethal cartridge so it's just to scare them," Mr Cox said.
"We've tried everything from hieroglyphic tape, scarecrows and black cat cut-outs around the place.
"We even have a stock whip and that worked in the beginning, but now they're used to all our attempts to discourage them and it doesn't even bother them," he said.
Birdfrite will be used in conjunction with Birdshot, which is a lethal shot.
"We don't want to reduce them by big numbers, but we want to let them know they're not welcome," Mr Cox said.
President of the golf club Don Stewart said he had warned the community about the possible noise disturbance of the guns.
"I've been dropping leaflets to houses in surrounding streets and Glennie Heights State School so they will put it in their newsletter and I have informed police and council," Mr Stewart said.
"There's no danger to anybody and it will all be carried out by a licensed shooter.
"Apparently they have had success on other courses and we've tried everything else, this is the last resort."
Please contact Don Stewart if you have any queries, 0427 835 098