King Island Natural Resource Management

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Biodiversity Projects

2020

Inkweed Eradication - Phytolacca octandra L. - We need your help! inkweed

If you have seen this weed and know of its location, please contact us ASAP.

Phone 6462 1825 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This weed can rapidly become an environmental and agricultural problem so we need to act NOW! Inkweed has been found on King Island around Fraser Road, North Pegarah and Pegarah Forest. This is a NEW INCURSION on King Island, the only known location in Tasmania. The King Island Natural Resource Management Group has funding to start an Inkweed control program to eradicate this weed from King Island. Click here for more information about this weed and project.

 

Threatened Species Recovery Plan for King Island Scrubtit and King Island Brown Thornbill
BirdLife Australia's Preventing Extinctions Program formed a Recovery Team in 2019 with members from all stakeholders including the KINRMG. This group is developing a Conservation Action Plan for both species: King Island Scrubtit (Acanthornis magnus greenianus) and King Island Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza apical Archibaldi). Meanwhile, extensive searches to ascertain the abundance and distribution of both species are underway. More information is available at Birds of King Island website.

 

Wings on King - monitoring the birds of King Island
Despite King Island being such an important location for birds, we know very little about the conservation status of the land birds of King Island or its value to birds migrating across Bass Strait. In this project of the KINRM and BirdLife Australia in association with Birds of King Island we aim to:

  • monitor the presence, absence and populations of the land birds of King Island
  • establish current population levels of the King Island subspecies and monitor these in the future
  • establish how the Bass Strait migrating birds use the Island when they are here
  • watch for evidence of southward drifts in distribution ranges of mainland land birds

More information is available at Birds of King Island website.

 

Tufa Terraces at Boggy Creek Protection Project
View the Project Image Gallery & Coastal Complex Info Sheet

KINRM aim to protect 'Boggy Creek Geoheritage Site', otherwise known as 'tufa terraces', and 'Coastal Complex on King Island', a rare and endangered ecological plant community, by excluding stock and controlling weeds. The tufa terraces are in Cataraqui Point Conservation Area, while the Coastal Complex on King Island lies in the coastal zone as well as into the neighbouring landholder's property. The landholders will fence out part of their coastal paddock to protect the endangered plant community.

Current project funding is through the Australian Government Communities Environment Program. The project started with funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative.

 

2010 and On-going

King Island Cat Control  - The long-term aim is to eradicate feral cats from the island. Further progress is dependent on cooperative projects with King Island Council and the Tasmanian Government.
Downloads available: 
King Island Cat Management Plan 2008 – 2013
King Island Cat Control Program 2010

2006 to 2007

King Island Cat Control Project
Funded by WWF and Threatened Species Network, to protect from cat predation the Orange-bellied Parrots when they come to rest here during their migration. 

2003 to 2007

Environmental Management Systems Pilot Program
Working with farmers to identify and address environmental issues.
One of 18 national pilot projects funded by the Natural Heritage Trust, Australia wide and the only one in Tasmania.
Sixteen farms participate in the program with farm mapping, risk assessment and the development of an environmental management plan.
Consolidation of project in 2006/07 through monitoring and evaluation, benchmarking, external reviews and developing continuous improvement cycles. More Information...

2004 and On-going

Threatened Birds Recovery
A project funded by the Threatened Species Network, to: determine the extent of vulnerable to critically endangered birds, and to address their habitat needs; to raise awareness in the community about King Island's threatened bird species; collate data of bird sightings and encourage Green Rosellas to breed, through volunteers setting up and regularly checking nest boxes. More Information...

2000 to 2003

Devolved Grant - included fencing, re-vegetation and direct seeding, and waterway protection, the development of several strategies and the publication of a number of books and reports. A community group worked intensely for over a year on the publication of ‘King Island Flora: a field guide’. A revolving fund was set up to protect valuable ecosystems on the island through buying properties, covenanting and re-selling, this is ongoing run by Tasmanian Land Conservancy.