slide1

    09090: Coordination of feral pig control to reduce the impacts in Peel–Harvey and Leschenault catchments

    The ‘porkers’ captured in this trap are less than one year old. An autopsy revealed that they were already pregnant with six to seven piglets each. Courtesy Shire of West Arthur
    The ‘porkers’ captured in this trap are less than one year old. An autopsy revealed that they were already pregnant with six to seven piglets each. Courtesy Shire of West Arthur

    The south-west of WA is an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot. Just over half (53 per cent) of the more than 5570 species of vascular plants found here are endemic. A significant number of genera (12.5 per cent) are also endemic.

    Native remnant vegetation remaining in this region is highly fragmented and comprises as little as 12.4 per cent of the total area in some parts of the region.

    Of the principal vegetation types found in the region, almost 90 per cent of eucalyptus woodlands have been lost, while 50 per cent of the eucalypt-dominated mallee and almost 60 per cent of the kwongan heath formations have been cleared.

    In total, only 30 per cent of the original vegetation remains in more-or-less pristine condition. These remnants provide habitat for many vulnerable and endangered species but are now threatened by the destructive activities of feral pigs.

    This project aims to reduce the impact and numbers of feral pigs across the area through a program involving multiple stakeholders. The program will:

    • contribute to the development of a strategic plan for feral pig management for the south-west
    • collate detailed monitoring and evaluation information with respect to pig numbers and distribution to inform future mitigation activities
    • coordinate groups and agencies controlling feral pigs, including Declared Species groups, the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Water and the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.
    Investment: $ 250 000
    Delivery organisation: Hotham Catchment Landcare
    Project duration: July 2010 - June 2012
    Location: Peel–Harvey and Leschenault catchments; focal towns—Wandering, Boddington, Quindanning, Darkan, Williams, Collie, Brunswick, Harvey, Serpentine and Jarrahdale

    More information

    Hotham Catchment Landcare Centre (08) 9883 9710 or clchotham@bigpond.com

    Return to previous page