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Title: HUMAN ATTITUDES TOWARDS INVASIVE BIRD SPECIEIS IN SINGAPORE
Authors: PUNAM DAHIYA
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: PUNAM DAHIYA (2003). HUMAN ATTITUDES TOWARDS INVASIVE BIRD SPECIEIS IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The increasing number of invasive bird species near urban dwellings has become a cause of great concern from both public and government perspective. This is clearly evident from the frequent complaints by the residents to the government authorities in Singapore. The findings of this study will give us an understanding of people's attitudes regarding these birds and the potential management alternatives which are acceptable to the public. This in turn will help to enact policies that are more suited to the need of the people. A random, personal, exploratory survey of 300 respondents from all over Singapore was conducted from 10 December, 2002 to 10 March, 2003 to assess the overall attitude of the people towards eight invasive bird species. These attitudes were compared between people residing in the vicinity of the roost sites and those residing at non-roost sites and also between people who strongly supported nature conservation vis-a-vis weak supporters of nature conservation. The results of my study portray that the species that were frequently observed by the people were- house crow, Javan myna, common myna, Eurasian tree-sparrow and rock pigeon. A feeling of abhorrence is prevalent in the respondents towards the house crow and there is an commodative feeling towards both the Javan myna and common myna as can be concluded from the results of roost site where 90.97% of the respondents did not like the house crow but, the Javan myna and common myna were liked by 69.70% and 65.45% of the respondents, respectively. Generally, sparrows and mynas are favored to house crows and rock pigeons. Instead of lethal management alternatives, people preferred humane methods (e.g. tree removal and proper garbage disposal). Nature conservation feeling did not impact the results much but, roost site people seemed more troubled by the presence of these birds.
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