'Nuisance Native Animals' brings together information on animals that are not classified as pests, such as pigs and wild dogs, but are generally considered as native or naturalised. The behaviour of these animals, from time to time, can become a nuisance.
Magpies and plovers
Individual magpies and plovers will occasionally defend the immediate area around their nests with great determination. Walkers and cyclists entering these areas can experience swooping or even pecking. You can report swooping magpies or plovers to Council and we will erect temporary signs to warn others.
There are three species of flying-foxes that occur in the Lockyer Valley. All are protected by law; however, the State Government have devolved a voluntary 'as-of-right' authority for local governments to manage flying-fox roosts in defined urban areas. In 2014 Council adopted a Policy for the Management of Flying-fox Roosts and associated Statement of Management Intent (SoMI) Management Action Matrix. Together these two documents set out the actions that Council can undertake to reduce the impacts of diseases, smell and noise of flying-fox roosts in the Lockyer Valley, in accordance with the Queensland Government's Code of Practice.
The State Government website provides useful information about flying-foxes, health concerns and answers questions about the management of flying-foxes.
Fire Ants are a risk to the economic and agricultural status of the Lockyer Valley. Residents and businesses are urged to be aware of the current status of the Fire Ant program and the effects it has on homes, businesses and agricultural production.
Further information can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.
Indian Mynas (Acridotheras tristis) are a member of the starling family and were introduced into Australia to control insect pests in market gardens. They are now prevalent in many parts of eastern Australia and are commonly associated with urban or developing areas.
For more information about Indian Mynas, you can refer to the RSPCA website.