Category: eradication

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Australia’s dirty dozen named and shamed

Our ‘dirty dozen’ is a list of some of the most dangerous overseas plants and animals to have evaded Australia’s environmental border controls.

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On its own the yellow crazy ant may not seem so scary, but when they link up to form super colonies, as they have done near Cairns, they can strip the forest of wildlife. Photo: David Wilson

Yellow crazy ants

Yellow crazy ants are a highly aggressive tramp ant from south-east Asia that made it into Australia through our ports. In a suitable climate, such as the Queensland Wet Tropics, they can form super colonies that cover vast areas and carry huge social, environmental and financial impacts. Yellow crazy ants do not bite, but spray…

On its own the yellow crazy ant may not seem so scary, but when they link up to form super colonies, as they have done near Cairns, they can strip the forest of wildlife. Photo: David Wilson

Townsville Yellow Crazy Ant Community Taskforce

Highly aggressive yellow crazy ants are listed as one of the top 100 worst invasive species in the world, and sadly, have made it into northern Australia through our ports. Capable of forming super colonies, they threaten our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and carry huge social, environmental and financial impacts. That’s why we’ve joined…

Case studies

Our case studies of dangerous invasive species that have made it into Australia or are likely to arrive illustrate the need for changes in how Australia prevents the establishment of new invasive species. The case studies are made up of our ‘dirty dozen’, 12 dangerous invasive species that have made it past Australia’s border controls…

Feral Herald

Fire ant fighters forge ahead

Australia’s fight against fire ants reached a watershed moment in 2017 when a ten-year battle plan was announced. What’s happened since?

Skin secretions produced by smooth newts could prove deadly to native birds in Melbourne’s suburbs. Photo: John Beniston (CC BY-SA 3.0)

NEBRA: Are our best defences only paper thin?

Our CEO Andrew Cox has been digging deep into Australia’s response mechanisms to dangerous new environmental invaders, and the results should rattle us all.

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Island conservation

Australia has more than 8300 islands, ranging in size from Tasmania to small rock stacks. These islands play a vital and unique role in the conservation of Australia’s native plants and animals. Many island species are found nowhere else. In some cases islands are the last refuge for species extinct on the Australian mainland. For…

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Tropical fire ant workers measure between 1 and 5mm and attack any intruder that disturbs their nest. Photo: April Nobile, from www.AntWeb.org

Tropical fire ants

Probably introduced into Australia by early European settlers tropical fire ants are highly aggressive and attack any intruder who disturbs their nest.