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Who's eating my manferns?

Postby Tortoise » Mon 24 Oct, 2022 6:15 pm

In recent weeks, I've been finding massacred fronds on the manferns in my garden. (Sorry about the duplicate photo and photos in the wrong places. You'd think that'd be easy to fix. :roll: :x )

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The only thing I've noticed, was on top of another manfern trunk (that hasn't had fronds eaten) - piles of...small possum poo? Maybe ringtail?

I wondered about large rats, but the scats are fairly round on the ends, so maybe not. Any ideas?
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby michael_p » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 6:41 am

My thoughts are Wallaby or Possum. Have a scrounge through here and see if anything looks close enough:
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby norts » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 8:10 am

We have a lot of Man Ferns around our house and each year the Green Parrots come in and strip the fronds.
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby myrtlegirl » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 8:57 am

We have the same thing happening. The main fronds can't be reached by ground dwellers, and are not broken off. The secondary fronds are pulled off.

I'd say the poop is unrelated to the fern carnage.
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby north-north-west » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 1:52 pm

Quite a few birds do this to various forest species and it's mostly parrots: rosellas and cockatoos. You could try putting some netting up temporarily and see if that helps.
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby bernieq » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 2:05 pm

Koala have scat like that (shape & about 20mm). Obviously, if koala then I'd agree with myrtlegirl that the scat is unrelated to the fern predator.

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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby Tortoise » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 7:02 pm

norts wrote:We have a lot of Man Ferns around our house and each year the Green Parrots come in and strip the fronds.

Sounds like they recover if there's more to strip each year?
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby Tortoise » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 7:04 pm

michael_p wrote:My thoughts are Wallaby or Possum. Have a scrounge through here and see if anything looks close enough:
Thanks for the link, Michael. I didn't realise there's a Poo Flip out. Must get one of those. :) No wallabies around here.
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby Tortoise » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 7:05 pm

myrtlegirl wrote:We have the same thing happening. The main fronds can't be reached by ground dwellers, and are not broken off. The secondary fronds are pulled off.

I'd say the poop is unrelated to the fern carnage.

You're probably right. Have you had the problem before?
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby Tortoise » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 7:10 pm

north-north-west wrote:Quite a few birds do this to various forest species and it's mostly parrots: rosellas and cockatoos. You could try putting some netting up temporarily and see if that helps.

Hmm. Sounding like parrots might be the thing. I'm surprised, though, as it seems to happen at night. And the ferns are directly outside my bedroom and kitchen windows, and I spend a fair bit of time in the garden, and I've never seen any parrots around. Just wattle birds, starlings, blackbirds, sparrows and lovely littlies. Come to think of it, sparrows can be very destructive, massacring a crop overnight. I'll see what netting I can find. Could be tricky not damaging the soft new growth, though.
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby Tortoise » Tue 25 Oct, 2022 7:11 pm

bernieq wrote:Koala have scat like that (shape & about 20mm). Obviously, if koala then I'd agree with myrtlegirl that the scat is unrelated to the fern predator.
Hi Bernie. Thanks for your thoughts too. No koalas in Tassie (unfortunately).
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Re: Who's eating my manferns?

Postby Tortoise » Wed 19 Apr, 2023 11:14 am

Green rosellas are definitely the culprits - I finally caught them in the act. They moved on before I got around to trying netting before, but they're back with avengence. Need to get some soon!
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