The science behind TWBBI

At a recent BIEN meeting, the Threatened Woodland Birds of Bruny Island (TWBBI) project manager Dr Andrew Hingston gave a presentation of the science behind our Threatened Woodland Birds of Bruny Island project.

It draws upon research and observations by scientists dating back to the 1800s and demonstrates the quite extreme peril the two birds – Forty-spotted pardalote and Swift parrot – are facing.

In some ways the BIEN-led project, like so many interventions for threatened species, is a rearguard action: much of the damage is historical and actions now are a desperate attempt to right the wrongs of past centuries of wilful neglect and destruction.

The presentation contains lots of graphs and statistics, but they all point towards a precipitous decline in the populations and future prospects for both species.