23 November 2016

Invasive Species Council Feral Herald

Invasive Species Council ebulletin.

Hi Peter,

Whether Australia will ever rid itself of red imported fire ants is hanging in the balance, with state and federal ministers expected to make a final decision on funding in February next year.

What's at stake if they fail to come up with the required funding? I'll be in Brisbane December 5 to explain at my talk 'Into the Heart of Fire Ant Country', so if you're in town make sure you book your free ticket.

During the presentation I'll show some powerful interviews I recorded while on my fire ant fact-finding mission in the US, where I discovered what it's like to live in a land infested by highly aggressive red fire ants.

Have a great read of our latest 'Feral Herald'. And if you like our work, don’t forget to donate.

Andrew Cox, CEO.


Fire ant forum: Crunch time for eradication battle

What would it be like living in an Australia overrun by infestations of red fire ants? Our CEO Andrew Cox will give a powerful presentation in Brisbane next month of the repurcussions if we fail to eradicate this hidden menace.


Australia draws up battle plans for Brisbane’s fire ant menace

Earlier this month experts from across the country and overseas gathered in Brisbane to formulate the first ever national plan for invasive ants in Australia.



NSW overhaul of weed and feral animal management

Management of feral animals and weeds in NSW is about to get a major shake-up, and we need your help in making sure the protection of the natural environment isn't left off the drawing board.


First environmental biosecurity forum creates hope

The creation of a new national body geared towards preparing Australia for future environmental invasions and a program to protect our islands from invasive species are just two ideas thrown up at the first ever environmental biosecurity forum.



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The Invasive Species Council campaigns for better laws and policies to protect the Australian environment from weeds, feral animals and exotic pathogens. Formed in 2002, we were the first environment group in the world to focus solely on invasive species.

We'd like to thank the Limb Family Foundation, Garry White Foundation, Curlew Fund, McKinnon Family Foundation, Mullum Trust, Paddy Pallin Foundation and our generous individual donors for supporting our work. You too can help fund our work -
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15 November 2016

Australian Wildlife Conservancy - Wildlife Matters Magazine

It is our pleasure to share with you the latest edition of AWC’s Wildlife Matters.

It is our pleasure to share with you the latest edition of AWC's Wildlife Matters.
This edition showcases the increasing success of AWC's innovative conservation model on our own land and through ground-breaking partnerships with the Defence Department and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Read about the following exciting developments:
  • In the Kimberley, AWC and Defence are working together to protect one of Australia's great natural areas - the 568,000 hectare Yampi Sound Training Area.
  • In western Queensland, at Diamantina National Park, AWC scientists have discovered the largest known population of the endangered Night Parrot.
  • In the Pilliga, AWC has carried out the first major biological survey under our partnership with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • Bilbies will be returned to south-western Australia for the first time in several decades when AWC translocates Bilbies to Mt Gibson this summer.
  • Plus more action from the field as AWC staff battle wildfires in northern Australia, undertake science projects across the continent and more!
Wildlife Matters Spring 2016
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Landcare Tasmania Dirty Hands

Landcare Tasmania

In this months edition of Dirty Hands read about a local volunteer and how she became involved in Landcare and a psyllid that can help you with Montpellier Broom eradication...

A good news story 

There was a time when Prospect Vale, near Launceston, was a rural suburb surrounded by bush. My brother and I roamed freely with the neighbourhood kids, building cubbies in the bush and collecting tadpoles from ponds.  On trips to the family shack at Coles Bay we’d spend hours on the beach, collecting shells and peering deep into rock pools.  We’d wander the bush, turning over rocks to find fat centipedes, exploring with wonder and a sense of adventure.
While at uni I did my first overnight bush walking trip to Mt. Anne.  It was hard work, but worth the slog!  I stilI enjoy the sigh of relief you feel as your boots hit the track and you take your first steps away from the carpark. The noise and complexity of everyday life melts away into swaying branches, and things like the colours of wet bark and the calls of Currawongs take centre stage instead. I find joy in the simplicity of carrying all that you need on your back and going into the bush to explore. It's this sense of adventure and desire to be outside amongst the trees that has led me to volunteer with local landcare groups. I first got involved with a project mapping Canary Broom on Maria Island. Not long after that I had the opportunity to spend six days working on a remote patch of Spanish Heath on the southern part of the island, and I saw first hand what can be achieved by a group of dedicated people.
As an individual the task seemed unwieldy, but by the end of the week we had made a huge dent in the infestation of Spanish Heath. I’ve been fortunate and privileged to have returned to the site to see the results of our work over the years. Apart from the landcare work I’ve had great conversations and made new friends over many cups of tea and bickies, and shared meals and laughs. Working together with others towards a common purpose is rewarding. I now sit on two care group committees and volunteer at other working bees. If we all plug away at our own patch we can achieve a lot.

 Weed Tip - A tiny fly, super hero to the rescue!

I’ve heard there is a biocontrol for Montpelier Broom…what is it and what is a biocontrol?
In the case of Montpelier Broom (Cape Broom, Canary Broom) a tiny psyllid (looks like a tiny fly, scientific name Arytinnis hakani) has been released in Tasmania and seems to have got the taste for it. Once they have established, the psyllids start sucking the sap from the plant which means the plant receives less nutrients and begins to die. The psyllid also covers the leaves in a film that prevents the plant from photosynthesising and slowly leads to its death. Biocontrol is a way of controlling unwanted weeds and pests that relies on biological methods like predation, parasitism, or other natural mechanisms instead of chemical or physical methods of getting rid of the weeds.
The Psyllid is easily spread by wind and is an expert on finding outlier 
patches of Montpellier Broom that are typically hard to find or get to. It has been released successfully in many parts of Tasmania. If you have a patch of land infested with Montpelier Broom, this could be a good option for you, and as it is now listed as a weed of national significance we really need to do something about it.  Click here to read about how to spread the psyllid on your property

HELP! If you have the psyllid on your property and would be willing to give a branch or two away for others please reply to this email. If you would like to get your hands on your own psyllids reply to this email and we will try and connect you to a local neighbour who can supply you. support@landcaretas.org.au
photo credits: Psyllid by Peter Crisp - SARDI, Before and After Landcare Tasmania Member


Thursday, November 17 - Huon Valley Roamers meeting.  DS Cafe, 12 Main Street Huonville.  All welcome.  Contact the group for more details huonvalleyroamers@gmail.com
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Mount Field East Track Maintenanace
The section between Seagers Lookout turnoff and the ridge prior to Windy Moor needs some trimming. Improve drain where water flows almost to minor creek size, and prepare for adding some boards to wet section just up from a stash of timber that may be moved the short distance to...

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 9:30am
East Tamar Landcare working bee and lunch Meet at the interpretation centre on Baxters Rd for a couple hours of on ground work. Then lunch at Bay of Fires Vineyard (at own cost). Contact Brian Baxter 6382 7171 for details and confirm weather 
Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Weekly Franklin Landcare Working Bee
Each week Franklin Landcare meets at 10am at the Franklin boardwalk just north of the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin to do a few hours of landcare work. Come along and lend a hand.
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Franklin Market - Franklin Landcare Stall
Franklin Landcare Group monthly stall, Franklin Market. 10am – 2pm, Palais Theatre, Franklin. Last Sunday of each month. Native plants, vegetables, garden plants for sale.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 06:30 PM Dunalley Hotel in Dunalley
Tasman Landcare AGM And Christmas Dinner

Other Events

November 14 - 18 2016 - 11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference, Melbourne. Further information: http://www.anpc.asn.au/conferences/2016

November 23 - 25  2016 ALCA National Private Land Conservation Conference
The Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) invites you to attend the 2016 National Private Land Conservation Conference to be held on Thursday 24 Nov and Friday 25 Nov at the National Australia Bank Arena, 700 Burke Street Docklands Melbourne.

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11 November 2016

Tasmanian Land Conservancy - Daisy Dell

Environment and Other News: Tasmanian Land Conservancy Daisy Dell:

Chance to purchase well know property associated with Cradle Mt history

A stone’s throw from Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Valley and the TLC’s Vale of Belvoir Reserve lies a hidden glade filled with rich floristic diversity and unique Tasmanian wildlife. These 322 hectares of private land at Daisy Dell conserve an important ecological link within a priority highland landscape.
Named after the grassland paperdaisy, Daisy Dell is a stunning and important natural corridor linking the intact habitats of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area with the forests of the northern tiers. It is a mosaic of subalpine grasslands, sedgelands, eucalypt forests, woodlands and rainforest. Daisy Dell supports the endangered and exquisite grassland paperdaisy (Leucochrysum albicans), and the rare mountain purplepea (Hovea montana).
‘The proposal by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy to acquire this land at Daisy Dell is an important one. I commend the TLC for seeking to protect this block on the northern approach to Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.’ Dr Steven Harris, botanist, author and noted authority on Tasmanian vegetation and flora conservation.
It is also habitat of all three of Tasmania’s marsupial carnivores: eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), and Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii).
‘The area of Daisy Dell near Middlesex Plains is one of the few places in Tasmania where it is possible to see all three of Tasmania’s marsupial carnivores: the Tasmanian devil, spotted-tailed quolls and eastern quolls, as well as wedge-tailed eagles and owls. This area is an important corridor linking the large intact habitats of the Cradle Mountain National Park and World Heritage Area with the forests of the northern tiers and coast.’ Associate Professor Menna Jones, School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania


Daisy Dell adjoins the Iris Farm Private Nature Reserve and lies close to the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park (part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area), the Dove River Conservation Area, Black Bluff Nature Reserve, and the Vale of Belvoir Conservation Area and the TLC reserve protected in 2008. When combined, the collective area will enhance the security of many of the unique and iconic Tasmanian species, and breathtaking scenery such as plummeting waterfalls and magnificent mountains in close proximity.
The TLC is deeply grateful to the neighbouring landholders who have made personal contributions and commitments towards the protection of Daisy Dell. This would not be possible without them.
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