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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Burnie

17/06/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Three Capes Track special offer

16/06/2016

The centenary of national parks in Tasmania is being celebrated with a special offer to walk the Three Capes Track for only $250 per person.More

Bruny Island tourism improvements

14/06/2016

Two of Bruny Island's major tourism drawcards, The Neck and the South Bruny Lighthouse site, are being upgraded by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project

Introduction

Over the past 200 years, a number of alien invertebrates, mammal and bird species have been introduced to Macquarie Island. Some have had serious impacts on the island's native flora and fauna.

Horses, donkeys, pigs, cattle, goats, dogs and sheep are long gone, and between 1989 and 2000, weka and cats were eradicated. A major project to remove the last remaining mammal species - rabbits, ship rats and mice was undertaken between 2007 and 2014. Aerial baiting of the entire island was completed in July 2011, followed by intensive monitoring by hunters and highly trained detection dogs, to detect and dispatch any surviving individuals.

In April 2014, after nearly three years of monitoring with no sign of surviving individual rabbits, rats or mice, the project was declared a success.

With the removal of rabbits and the resulting intensive grazing pressure, the island's vegetation is rapidly rebounding. Sea birds, which had suffered predation of eggs and chicks by rats, are also returning in numerous areas. Invertebrates too, are recovering, with spider webs now being seen amidst the vegetation and moths far more prevalent on the plateau.

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Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island is a unique and remote part of Tasmania. It is a World Heritage site renowned for its rich diversity of sub-Antarctic plants and wildlife.
Rabbit damage to Stilbocarpa


The Pest Problem
Introduced rabbits, rats and mice are threatening the island’s World Heritage values by damaging plants, wildlife and habitats.
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The Eradication Project
The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are working together to protect the outstanding universal values of Macquarie Island, and have provided almost $25 million to eradicate these pests from the island, the largest attempt of its kind in the world for these three species.
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Project News and Updates
Look for the latest information on this seven-year, two-stage project that is technically and logistically one of the most ambitious conservation programs underway anywhere in the world.
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Opportunities
Throughout the project there will be opportunities for employment and tendering to support the project.
Climbing the coastal slopes


Project People
The project involves a number of staff, numerous support people and partner organisations.
 King penguins     Image Gallery
A photographic depiction of the natural values and the threats  facing Macquarie Island.
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    Frequently Asked Questions
An outline of the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project aims and objectives.