About 800-900 mynas roosting at hotspots near Yishun Ave 3: Lawrence Wong

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SINGAPORE — There are an estimated 800 to 900 mynas roosting at hotspots near Yishun Avenue 3 based on a 2019 survey, said Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong on Monday (6 January).

However, there is no comparable historical data on the birds as NParks only started doing localised surveys on the myna population at hotspots last year, added Wong in a written parliamentary reply.

Wong was responding to questions raised by Nee Soon GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Er Dr Lee Bee Wah on the population trends of mynas in Yishun over the past years.

Dr Lee also asked Wong about the findings of a tree fogging pilot project held in 2016 in the area to deter mynas.

In response, Wong said the pilot showed that tree fogging had limited long-term effects, given that the mynas returned once the fogging stopped.

“Instead, NParks has been working with various stakeholders to implement a sustainable myna management strategy. This involves a holistic suite of measures such as habitat modification, and the reduction of food sources made available by humans,” he added.

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