We undertake research to support the recovery of Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities.
To do this we work closely with over 200 on-ground partners across the country, including government agencies, national parks, conservation groups, Indigenous land managers, farmers and community groups.
Our network includes around 150 of Australia’s leading environmental scientists who are delivering more than 100 research projects over six years (ending 2021).
We are supported by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program.
The Australian Plant Translocation Database contains data on many plant translocations of rare or threatened plant species (including locally rare and declining species), which were collated through literature review and expert interviews. The translocations included are accurate and up-to-date as of August 2018.
This database is also available from the Australian Network for Plant Conservation website.
The eastern bettong has been driven to extinction on mainland Australia, and wild populations of eastern bettongs now only persist in Tasmania. Foxes are one of the primary drivers of the mainland extirpation. Mainland reintroduction efforts for the eastern bettong have so far concentrated on fenced sanctuaries where feral predators are absent. In collaboration with the ACT Government and Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, we experimentally trialled the reintroduction of bettongs to an unfenced area of good habitat in the Lower Cotter Catchment, ACT, in conjunction with an extensive and adaptive fox control program. We tested whether fox predation pressure could be reduced sufficiently to allow the bettong population to persist, and whether some level of fox predation could drive bettongs to adapt predator-resistance.
More than 90% of Australian plant species are found nowhere else in the world. Plants comprise over 70% of all species listed as threatened in this country. We compiled a list of the Australian plant species that are experiencing the most severe population declines, and outlined research and management actions to help prevent their extinctions. Threats to these species varied depending on location but were primarily habitat clearance and degradation, limited recruitment, inappropriate disturbances such as fire and herbivory, disease and climate change. To prevent extinctions a range of actions will be needed, including improving habitat quality, managing herbivores, weeds and disease, improving fire management, increasing monitoring, conducting targeted scientific research, establishing ex situ seed banks, undertaking translocations, purchasing land in perpetual conservation agreements, and continuing to align state and federal conservation status listings.