Weeds and feral animals
Invasive species such as weeds and feral animals are some the greatest threats facing Australia's native plants and animals.
They are the number one cause of native animal extinctions in Australia, are the second biggest threat to river and stream areas as well as nationally important wetlands, and are the third biggest threat to endangered ecosystems.
In Victoria alone there are some 1000 weed and at least 250 pest animal species.
Cats, rabbits and foxes threaten rare and endangered species, and deer are multiplying rapidly, representing a new and growing threat to our biodiversity.
Our marine habitats are also under pressure. The more than 100 marine species that have been introduced into Port Phillip Bay are having a severe impact on native species, ecosystems and fisheries.
The Victorian National Parks Association is involved in a number of hands-on progams to help tackle invasive species, they include:
- Reef Watch: monitoring marine pests.
- Nature Watch: controlling the spread of Dieback disease.
- Willowbusters: tackling invasive willows in the Alps.
If you'd like to get involved with any of these programs please phone us on 03 9347 5188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpine National Park under threat
Feral horses and deer
Weeds in parks
Protecting the Brisbane Ranges from Dieback
Volunteers with the VNPA's Nature Watch program work at the coalface of nature conservation in Victoria by helping protect the Brisbane Ranges National Park from a deadly plant killing disease called Phytophthora cinnamomi.