... URGENT SHAKE-UP NEEDED TO END ALL LOGGING OF ITS BREEDING HABITAT

All logging of Swift Parrot breeding habitat should cease immediately and companies receiving wood supply from Tasmania’s native forests should insist that they will not take product arising from such logging, following the uplisting of the species internationally to critically endangered status by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Markets For Change said today.

Additionally, all logging should cease on Bruny Island which is a stronghold for the species for which logging is officially recognised as the major threatening process, to which predation by sugar gliders is adding further threat – especially in places that are fragmented by logging.

Amongst recommendations promoted by IUCN and Birdlife International are: Place all areas of public land that support Swift Parrots under secure conservation management, particularly those in timber reserves, transport corridors and local government land.

“Current management of logging in Tasmania is failing the Swift Parrot, and now that the extremity of its plight has been internationally recognised by being moved up to critically endangered status on the IUCN RED list by the world expert body on international endangerment listings, all logging of its breeding habitat must cease,” said Markets For Change CEO Ms Peg Putt.

“Forestry Tasmania’s current logging prescriptions are inadequate to ensure that the Swift Parrot survives and flourishes, are a key issue of non-conformance with FSC requirements, and mean that companies receiving wood from controversial logging of Swift Parrot breeding habitat need to take action to insist that their products do not originate from this unacceptable source.”

“The current logging prescriptions must change urgently to ensure the survival of the bird. Logging is listed as the main threatening process for the species.”

“Bruny Island should also be recognised as an important stronghold where it is no longer appropriate to log at all, as the additional threat posed by the predation of sugar gliders on the Swift Parrot has dramatically compounded what was already a parlous situation, and Bruny is a place where we can keep these beautiful little birds safe,” Ms Putt concluded.