Golf club president Don Stewart with volunteer Mick Payne keep an eye on the greens to scare off corellas.
Golf club president Don Stewart with volunteer Mick Payne keep an eye on the greens to scare off corellas. Emma Channon

Golfers score birdies galore

SCARE tactics are being employed by members of the Warwick Golf Club, to help deter thousands of two-winged pests from tearing up the green.

The gradual improvement of the golf course - including the addition of water holes and improvement of the greens - on top of the outstanding season has seen a sharp incline in the number of corellas.

Club president Don Stewart said the birds appeared to like one end of the golf course, near where they nest.

"They go for the bulbs and roots of plants, so they dig into the putting greens," he said.

"They also seem to like the winter plants and they don't come up in the summer time so it doesn't look good."

The volunteers have been filling the holes with a fine sand as a makeshift repair, but said even that attracted the birds to scratch around.

Stewart said the golf club had applied for a permit to cull some of the numbers from the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).

In the meantime, the group has taken preventative measures into their own hands - and in the form of scarecrows, metal cats and tinsel.

"We have a lady who often volunteers, Effy Austin, and she's helped put together some scarecrows," Stewart said.

"There are also some metal cats with marble eyes, and sparkly tinsel to help scare the birds off."

A third method involves someone cracking a stock-whip on the grounds, which Stewart said worked the best, but was not a 24-hour assault.

"It's definitely the most effective," he said.

"The birds hear it from the club house and scatter straight away."

While the club waits for the result of their application with DERM, they are asking anyone with a scare gun for a loan.

"If someone had one they weren't using it would be a great help," he said.

"If we get the DERM approval we wouldn't even want to cull the number given to us - it'd just be to give them a scare."

Anyone who would like to help out can call the Warwick Golf Club pro shop on 4661 3664.


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