The Australian Government must ramp up safeguards to protect Norfolk Island’s threatened wildlife from invasive species, a report released today by the Invasive Species Council and Island Conservation warns.
Research confirming Melbourne waterways as breeding grounds for a dangerous new amphibian invader has earned a group of local ecologists a Froggatt Award.
In January 2017 the Invasive Species Council and Monash University School of Biological Sciences, with support from the Ian Potter Foundation, began an environmental biosecurity risks and pathways project. The two-and-a-half-year project is to develop a national priority list of potential insect and plant disease invaders that could harm the natural environment, and identify their likely pathways of arrival…
The Froggatt Awards are named in honour of Australian entomologist Walter Froggatt, who, when the cane toad was released into Australia in the 1930s to control beetle infestations in the sugar cane industry, was a lone voice, lobbying the federal government to exercise caution. At the time Walter wrote that ‘this great toad, immune from…
The introduction of new crops or livestock can go spectacularly wrong. Question is, are those responsible for promoting new crops and livestock in Australia showing enough caution?
New research has found that almost nowhere in Australia is safe from growing feral deer numbers, with future mapping showing the animals could occupy most of the continent, including the interior.
Last year the New Zealand government announced plans to be predator free by 2050, a challenging concept for the many Australians gathered at the Australasian Vertebrate Pest Management Conference, which was held in Canberra earlier this month. Held every three years the conference highlighted the work being done on pests in Australia. It also demonstrated the need for…
Fact Sheets, Reports & Submissions
This report presents the result of surveys conducted by Ecology Australia for the smooth newt during the spring of 2016 in south-east Melbourne to help determine the ongoing persistence and spread of the species.
Seven national priorities for invasive species reform that deliver long-term cost savings, stem biodiversity losses and enhance agricultural productivity.
A submission to the Australian government draft feral cat threat abatement plan that seeks improved nationally coordinated action and funding to reduce the environmental impact from feral cats. Submitted July 2015.