City to review outcomes of fairy tern project

Fairy terns. Picture: Cherilyn Corker
Fairy terns. Picture: Cherilyn Corker

THE Fairy Tern Sanctuary launched last year at the Mandurah Marina sits sadly deserted after being abandoned by the birds.

City chief executive Mark Newman said the council was reviewing the outcomes of the Fairy Tern Sanctuary project.

“While there were successes in the attraction of the birds, further thought needs to be given as to how the Fairy Terns can be adequately protected in the current location should they nest there again,’’ he said.

Late last year, 40 chicks and at least five adults were taken by a cat, forcing the birds to abandon the sanctuary.

After many attempts to stop the cat from entering the sanctuary, it was trapped and euthanised.

The cat was not microchipped or registered.

Mr Newman said Mandurah was one of the most important areas in WA for the threatened birds and it was important to help protect them.

He said fencing at the location would be removed soon.