Mouse-ear hawkweed (Hieracium pilosella) is an invasive perennial herb in the daisy (Asteraceae) family. It is native to Europe and Asia but now occurs as a serious weed in New Zealand, Canada and USA.
A small infestation of mouse-ear hawkweed was discovered in December 2014, near Charlottes Pass in the Main Range of Kosciuszko National Park. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has an active control-and-detection program under way to eradicate this threat.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service in NSW is organising a volunteer program in the Snowy Mountains from January until March 2019. Volunteers help with identifying the location of hawkweed infestations.
Volunteer for the 2018-19 program
- Mouse-ear hawkweed 2018-19 volunteer program information (PDF 833KB)
- Hawkweed 2018-19 volunteer program registration (PDF 357KB)
More about our hawkweed programs
- Read our Hawkweed Alert (PDF 661KB) – developed to assist with the identification and reporting of mouse-ear and orange hawkweed
- Read the latest report on our control program
- For further information about future programs, please contact the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5600 or NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000 or NPWS Khancoban office on 02 6076 9373.
- View our Flickr gallery for images of staff carrying out mouse-ear hawkweed control activities in Kosciuszko National Park.
IMAGE: Mark Hamilton/OEH
Check here for details on a similar program being held on the Bogong High Plains in Victoria over summer.