One of the biggest threats to Australia’s natural biodiversity and wildlife habitats is invasive species and the destruction they cause. Invasive species are plants and animals that have been introduced to a new area to the detriment of the locally native flora and fauna. Most of Australia’s invasive species come from over-seas but some invasives come from other parts of Australia.
Invasive weeds can smother and out-compete native species, threatening entire ecosystems. They destroy important wildlife habitat, degrade soils and many are even toxic native species and humans.
Invasive animals can cause significant damage to native wildlife populations and can cause damage and destroy vegetation and habitat. Many lack suitable predators in Australia, such as foxes and cats who are at the top of the food chain, and cane toads who are highly toxic to native species. This enables them to multiply at an alarming rate and cause mass deaths of native species which leads to local extinction.
Watergum’s Invasive Species programs empower the general public to do something about this problem. We provides the means for local communities to venture out into their backyards, farms and local parks and act directly to help manage and eradicate invasive species and help their local environment.
Cats Claw Creeper
Watergum breeds Jewel beetles (Hylaeogena jureceki) which help to control Cats Claw Creeper
Help reduce cane toad numbers nationally through tadpole trapping and toad busting
Learn about feral deer on the Gold Coast and help us collect data on on deer damage and populations