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Invertebrates underpin Earth’s ecosystems – so if their numbers decline, the ecological damage will be felt far and wide.
You’re meant to carry out your poo, if you visit Australia’s alpine backcountry. But not many people do – and it’s leaving plenty of evidence.
Feral horses trample endangered plant communities, destroy threatened species’ habitat and damage Aboriginal cultural heritage — and their numbers are increasing.
The broad-toothed rat rarely, if ever, gets its own story, so I want to introduce you properly to this fascinating, unique and beautiful species. It really needs our help.
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From an effigy hanging from a noose to an angry opponent wielding scissors, those who’ve sought to protect the precious Australian Alps have always been up against it.
An 1870 news report said wild horses were “hated and shot by all”. What has changed since?
Brumbies have a devoted following among high country locals, despite the fact that they were despised by colonial settler farmers. Their mythical status today owes a lot to cultural figures such as Banjo Paterson.
New research shows that fire follows fire in the Australian Alps, and old-growth forests are less flammable.
Feral horses in the eastern Alps.
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Victoria’s new plan to control feral horses aims to remove up to 400 a year from the eastern Alps. But without considering aerial culling, the plan seems unlikely to get to grips with the problem.
Wild horses, known as brumbies, in Australia.
From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with ‘brumbies’ in mountain environments, it’s time to reconsider their place.
A degraded wetland in the Pilot Wilderness area, Kosciuszko National Park, is subject to increasing numbers of feral horses.
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A reliable water supply from Australia’s mountain catchments depends on intact and functioning ecosystems.
Wild horses are wreaking havoc in Australia’s mountains.
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Horses need to be removed from Australia’s mountains. The debate now is around ethics and their role in Australian culture.
Australia’s treeless alps are vulnerable to the spread of woody shrubs.
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Climate change is happening faster than ecosystems can keep up with, so they’ll need a hand from us.
Alpine meadows are a pretty rare sight in Australia.
The alpine landscapes of Australia’s southeast and Tasmania are home to hundreds of rare plants and animals. They’re healthy for now, but need careful looking after.
Everlastings in the Australian Alps. But will they be?
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We’re set to hear very little about nature conservation in Australia’s upcoming election campaign. Here’s why that’s a huge oversight.
Leadbeater’s possum needs more than a ‘set and forget’ approach to conserving the forests where it lives.
AAP Image/Healesville Sanctuary
A large new national park might sound like the best way to protect the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum. But it won’t do anything to save possums from the major threat of bushfire.
Science shows alpine grazing doesn’t reduce bushfire risk and damages the environment. But the issue will no doubt continue to be debated.
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Alpine grazing will be permanently banned from Victoria’s Alpine National Park under legislation debated this week.
A glimpse of wild brumbies in the Snowy Mountains.
When you think of horses in the Australia high country, you might imagine noble brumbies galloping out from snowgums across grassy peaks, tails and manes trailing like streamers. But on a recent trip to…
Sunrise over Queenstown in New Zealand in July 2012. This year’s ski season is just beginning in Australia and New Zealand.
Australia’s ski season is finally getting underway, with the first resort, Perisher, opening its ski lifts after some weekend snow fall. But snow lovers are still watching and waiting for good falls elsewhere…
Water, habitat and tourist dollars: the Alps provide it all.
The Australian Alps cover some 1.64 million hectares, 0.3% of the Australian continent. Included on the National Heritage register, they are of major environmental significance and home to rare and endangered…