Native Birds

The AJP wants to increase biodiversity and to promote practices that enable a flourishing native bird population, coexisting with humans throughout Australia.

The AJP recognises the importance that biodiversity plays for birdlife (and all other life) on our planet. Australian ecosystems are vital for the survival of internationally significant migratory species. Many areas of wetland and coast provide key habitats for these migratory species, so loss of biodiversity in Australia has ramifications that extend beyond our borders.

The AJP supports maximal preservation of native bird habitat, including in residential areas.

The AJP doesn’t see native birds as a resource. This implies an end to recreational duck and quail shooting.

Related policies

  1. Wildlife and Sustainability

Key Objectives

  1. To immediately ban duck and quail shooting.
  2. To reduce human appropriation of native bird habitat.
  3. To expand education about the value of native birds and their interactions within ecosystems.
  4. To increase support for long term monitoring of the health of native bird populations.
  5. To expand research into potential bacterial, viral or any other biological threats to the wellbeing of native bird populations and into the transmission of diseases to humans and other animal species.
  6. To work towards a phase out of firewood collection and use other than from plantations or essential removal of sick and potentially dangerous trees.
  7. To further support initiatives aimed at identifying and proposing sites for inclusion on the list of Wetlands of International Importance under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971), for the implementation of international treaties that relate to the protection of migratory birds, such as the Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement, the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement, and the Republic of Korea-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement.

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