Bell Miner Associated Dieback

Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD) was listed as a Key Threatening Process in 2008 (NSW) due to its risk to species and ecosystems. Disturbed forests with sparse canopy and dense ground layers are particularly susceptible to Bell Miner colonies.

Once established, Bell Miners exclude other insect-feeders that normally regulate populations of sap-sucking insects (psyllids). Without predators, psyllids feed on trees to the point of stress or death.

North Coast Local Land Services is partnering with landholders, communities, and subject-matter experts to deliver a 5-year project investigating BMAD drivers and trialing management actions.

You can become a citizen scientist and help map Bell Miner distribution on the North Coast! For more information.

Contact North Coast Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium on Phone (02) 666 27150

The National Landcare Program supports the Project.

Photo credit: Chris Ormond

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