Ravens are natural scavengers, in the last 12 months the Town has received a higher than usual turtle predation suspected to be due to ravens.
It is suspected that due to the COVID-19 lockdown, food scraps from schools and shops were not readily available so ravens may have modified their behaviours to source food.
In Noongar culture, the crow is an important bird. Aboriginal people protect and control their environment by adopting plant and animal totems or "kobongs" which they regard as spiritual siblings and take responsibility for.
Ravens have an important role in Noongar religion. Aboriginal people believed the birds helped to carry the spirits of the dead across the western sea to the afterlife at Kurannup, an idyllic place over the horizon beyond Rottnest and Garden islands.
The rocky coast just south of Cottesloe Beach, called Mudurup, was sacred to the crow spirit and regarded as the place where the spirits left the land for their final journey to paradise.
While ravens are a protected native species there are ways the community can help minimise their numbers, and impact on the wildlife.
- Ensure your rubbish bins are secured with lids/secure tops so that ravens cannot access the rubbish.
- Never leave an accumulation of rubbish or organic materials such as food scrap outdoors and clear food away quickly.
- Never feed ANY fauna on site.
- Ensure pet food is not left unattended/pets are fed inside.
- Ravens are a native species
- Australian ravens are protected under the Biodiversity, Conservation Act 2016
- Control of ravens must be carefully considered in the metropolitan area due to their aboriginal culturally significant
- There are some claimed ‘benefits’ of ravens – including insect control.
A reduction of raven numbers is key to further enhancing the diverse ecology at Lake Claremont, which we all need to work together to achieve.