FERAL PIGS – A MAJOR THREAT TO SOUTH WEST AGRICULTURE AND BIODIVERSITY
Feral pigs pose a major threat to the south west but, because most people rarely see them, they’re not considered to be worth controlling.
In fact, feral pigs spread disease between farmed pigs, with China’s current epidemic of Asian Swine Flu and the culling of millions of domestic pigs highlighting how easily an introduced disease could spread throughout the south west.
Our unique biodiversity is also at grave risk, with dieback – the second biggest threat to Australia’s threatened species as assessed by the CSIRO – being spread along watercourse by feral pigs.
Dr Peter Adams is the Invasive Species Development Officer with the Biosecurity and Sustainability section of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Perth.
He plans and coordinates the various control measures put in place to try and reduce feral pig numbers in the south west and he is the Busselton Naturalists Club guest speaker at our next meeting on Thursday June 13.
Venue is the Lesser Hall in the Senior Citizens Centre, 22 Peel Terrace, Busselton, starting at 7.30pm.
The meeting is open to the public and entry is free of charge, although a gold coin donation is requested to cover venue hire and other costs.
If time permits, Club president Bernie Masters will also give a short live demonstration of how to enter records on the Atlas of Living Australia website, which currently has some 85 million records of plants and animals, including insects, from around Australia and is, in effect, a virtual museum.