2011/12 Victorian Alps Hawkweed Surveillance Volunteer Program

Help to protect Australia’s biodiversity from King Devil and Orange Hawkweed on the Bogong High Plains

Orange Hawkweed. Image: Parks Victoria

Native to Europe, Hawkweeds have recently become established on mainland Australia. Posing a serious threat to Australian biodiversity and the structure of natural communities, it is imperative that the incursion is eradicated before it’s too late.

Hawkweeds spread quickly via runners and above-ground roots forming dense mats, inhibiting and out-competing native vegetation. In grassy ecosystems like the High Plains, dense patches of the weed dominate the spaces between grass tussocks that are vital for the survival and recruitment of native flora and fauna.

Survey sessions will be conducted during the active flowering period. All of the sessions will be five days long. Attendance for the full sessions is preferred but is not essential.

Accommodation will be provided at Falls Creek. Breakfast and snacks will be provided as well as one dinner at a local eatery, other meals self catered. Transport will be provided from Falls Creek.

The surveys for 2011/2012 season will be held over the following dates:
Session 1: Tuesday the 27th – Saturday the 31st of December
Session 2: Monday the 16th – Friday the 20th of January

For more information or to express your interest in the program, please contact:
Keith Primrose
hawkweed@parks.vic.gov.au
Mt. Beauty Parks Victoria Office: (03) 5754 4693