This project will help shape on-ground actions on Australian islands – which are havens for threatened species. It will develop information to more effectively
protect Australia’s island biodiversity and create safe refuges for species at risk.
This project involves the following subprojects:
Project 4.2.4 Norfolk Island threatened species conservation
Project 4.2.5 Protecting threatened quolls and other biodiversity on Kimberley islands from cane toads
Image: Lord Howe Island, Tropic Bird by Patchtok/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
As cats and foxes have spread across Australia, islands have prevented the extinctions of several mammals like the boodie. Associate Professor Sarah Legge discusses the importance of safe havens and also summarizes the highlights of a recent 'safe-haven' symposium held at the International Mammalogy Congress in Perth.
Anticipating the threats posed by cane toads to the islands of Western Australia’s Kimberley region, improving outcomes for threatened sea turtles and seabirds on the Whitsunday islands, and the challenges and opportunities of rewilding Dirk Hartog Island were just a few of the critical discussions held at a recent TSR Hub workshop.
Australian islands have a vital role to play in protecting threatened species. By providing predator-free, relatively low-pressure environments, islands can act as sanctuaries for species at risk on the mainland. They also present novel conservation challenges and opportunities, and better information is needed on how to most effectively protect Australia’s island biodiversity.
More than 8000 islands surround Australia’s coast - from tropical to temperate to sub-Antarctic climates; from large populated islands to tiny uninhabited offshore rocks.