Prevention is best, but where invasive species have established, eradication, if feasible, is far better than long-term containment and control. This is the well-known hierarchy of desirable responses to invasive species. With red imported fire[…]
In October the NSW Parliament passed legislation abolishing the NSW Game Council in response to the backlash against the proposal for recreational hunting in national parks. While the abolition may see the end of the[…]
The fire ant was first recorded in Australia in 2001, just before ISC formed. Tim Low, author of Feral Future and joint founder of ISC, described the ant then as the ‘nastiest of eco-villains’. If unchecked, it could cover all of our tropical north and vast areas of coastal Australia.
There is no doubt many animals suffer from invasive species management: when they are wounded rather than killed instantly, when trapped for hours or made ill by poison. Preventing or minimising animal suffering should be[…]
If you care about wildlife, the Animal Justice Party (AJP) has some strong election policies. But aspects of their policies relevant to invasive species are poor for both animal welfare and conservation. The AJP policy[…]
A new conservation issue emerged a couple of decades ago when Tasmanian wildlife officer Nigel Brothers showed that fishing operations were driving down albatross and petrel numbers by accidentally killing them as bycatch. The threat[…]
The responses to our election survey are in and we can now let you know what the main parties propose to do to address the threat of invasive species to the natural environment. Our questions[…]
THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A MORE RECENT ARTICLE ON THE SAME SUBJECT PUBLISHED 4 SEP 2013 What have we heard so far about tackling the growing threat from invasive species in the upcoming[…]
A national survey of conservation, government and landcare groups in Australia has revealed that weeds, invasive animals, and ‘all invasive species’ rank just above habitat loss as the greatest threats to the country’s native plants and animals.
The Victorian Government announced on 11 July that it has made it easier to control deer on private land. This is great news for deer control and for landholders, who previously had to apply for[…]
The abolition of the NSW Game Council from July 2013 was a watershed in the way the NSW Government deals with recreational hunting. But is the job finished? Up until that point, governments led by[…]
Guest blog by Linden Gillbank, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. A shocking discovery was made at the end of 2011. A whiskery-leaved yellow daisy was found flourishing on Victoria’s Bogong High[…]
Horses have gone feral in Australia’s alpine national parks and in the absence of effective control programs are damaging the mountain catchments and native animals and plants. They are incompatible with the natural values for[…]
South Australia is doing some great work on feral animal control, including the world’s largest island eradication program. In mid-May I joined a South Australian Government seminar to learn more about their feral animal control programs. Claimed[…]
The scientific literature burgeons with papers about escalating weed problems but the public airwaves are largely silent on the creeping peril that is one of Australia’s biggest environmental threats. There is a noticeable lack of[…]