Monday, 05 Dec 2022

Is Australias growing love of Halloween endangering our wildlife?

Is Australias growing love of Halloween endangering our wildlife?


Is Australias growing love of Halloween endangering our wildlife?

Concerns that popular Halloween decorations could endanger Australian birds, insects and animals has caused angst on social media platforms.

A post online that has been shared in local community forums across Australia has warned that fake spiderwebs are deadly for birds, butterflies and bees.

The spelling "neighbors" and the mention of hummingbirds give away that the message, much like the holiday itself, is an American import.

But fake Halloween spiderwebs are a threat to Australian wildlife as well, according to animal conservation groups.

Sean Dooley, the national public affairs manager at Birdlife Australia, says the peak organisation for native birdlife is concerned about the issue.

Dooley says it was raised last year, with at least one anecdotal report of a bird getting entangled in Halloween decorations, but the evidence that it is occurring right across Australia is "thin".

Dooley says fine netting is always problematic but particularly when draped over bushes it could increase the risk of birds becoming entangled.

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