Tag: alpine-national-park

80,000 feral horses for the Australian Alps?

Solving the feral horse problem in Australia’s sensitive alpine area has been hamstrung by a fundamental clash of values. High emotions for an Australia icon confront conservation and hard reality.

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Hawkweeds: a recent discovery in Victoria’s Alps and a taxonomic name change

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 Plains. These grasslands are rich in yellow daisies, indigenous and alien, but this daisy spells danger – ecological havoc. It…

Pest horse damage in front of 14 year old horse exclusion area at Cowombat Flat, Alpine National Park, Vic, in 2013.

New report reveals feral horse damage in Australian Alps

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 which the national parks have been established. A new report titled ‘Observations of Pest Horse Impacts in the Australian Alps’ was released in March…