Fencing Links & Downloads

Links to more articles on Ozcranes and other sites, relevant to crane-friendly fencing issues – entrapment on fences; barriers to movement; and rank vegetation growth.


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Ozcranes downloads

Brolgas in flight Brolga in flight

Brolgas take flight (Courtesy Mitch Reardon & Jan O'Sullivan)

Ozcranes pages

Barriers to movement

Size matters! Cranes are large birds and need room to move around their wetlands. Ozcranes pages with FAQ and images of Brolgas and Sarus Cranes, and their lifestyles –

Vegetation Management

Fencing to exclude stock can lead to dense overgrown vegetation, this also excludes cranes. Some related Ozcranes pages –.

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Other sites

Wildlife Friendly Fencing Australia has on-line resources with images, case studies, Guidelines and Action Plan.

South Africa

Blue Crane Blue Crane family

Blue Cranes in South Africa have been killed or injured on barbed wire, and locked out of their breeding sites by new fencing (ICF)

The Blue Crane is the national bird of South Africa, classified Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List. The main threats are listed as poisoning or other persecution, and powerline collisions, but fencing issues also play a role. South African farmers need to fence crops like lucerne due to grazing and trampling by native mammals. The Blue Crane is naturally a grassland bird and ranges across croplands. The Endangered Wildlife Trust African Crane Conservation Program report fence collisions as a regular source of injury or death for South African cranes, adults are caught in flight and chicks when climbing through fences before fledging. Some newsletters and conference proceedings can be downloaded from their site and from the ICF Library. The Group also produce brochures for landowners. The Overberg Blue Crane Group have programs and resources including fencing guides to protect Blue Cranes, and are partners with BirdLife South Africa's Fence Mitigation project, with online forms to report full details of birds caught in fences.

‘Grus Grapevine’ newsletter for March 2006 gave details of a Blue Crane chick that starved to death when the parents' territory (including farm dam) was fenced in during the breeding season (pasture and cropland were being converted to vineyards near a major road, which also limited access). The dam was scraped out and cleaned ready for the wet season, so the Blue Crane pair lost both accessible food and water before the chick was able to fly.

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Landcare Groups & Landowners

Some Australian Landcare groups and owners in regions with key crane habitat are implementing wildlife-friendly fencing in their projects –

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