Picnickers and passers-by throw litter over the fence inside the bird sanctuary.
A great deal of litter washes into the Sanctuary from the catchment via stormwater drains.
Two pump stations pump the sewerage which drains from the entire suburb, to the treatment plant a few kilometres away.
Spills into the pan occur due to pump failures, pipe blockages and cracked pipes.
This has negatively affected the water quality.
Feral and Domestic Animals
Cats enter the Sanctuary to catch birds and frogs.
Escaped exotic water fowl sometimes appear such as mandarin ducks or black swans which naturalised in the Sanctuary.
Alien and Invasive Plants
Invasive vegetation is our biggest environmental threat.
Some troublesome Category 1b plants found in Korsman include:
- Black Locust - Spear Thistle
- Bugweed - Pom Pom Weed - Purple Top - Jerusalem Cherry
High Water Level
A massive municipal water leak, higher residential density and large homes have increased runoff over the years that the Pan water level is much higher than historically.
This reduces biodiversity by flooding the grassland, eliminating habitat for waders and allowing encroachment of reeds.
At one stage, an evacuation pump in the Westdene North pump station transported the water via the Benoni Lake golf course into Middle Lake. This pump has been removed from the pump station and never replaced.
Owls which eat poisoned rats and vermin are killed in turn by the ingested poison. The best way to prevent vermin is keeping the property clean. All rat poisons are dangerous, with Racumin the least toxic.
Air and Noise Pollution
Air pollution comes from nearby industries and illegal rubbish burning.
Noise pollution which disturbs the birds is caused by industries, cars, firework displays and loud events.
Vehicles on The Drive kill birds, frogs and crabs, and threaten pedestrians and cyclists.