Why all this fuss about a moth?

Dr Penelope Greenslade, School of Science, Psychology and Sport, Federation University

The Bogong moth has just been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and put on their Red List, but why? On a first impression the moth is not particularly attractive, unlike the endangered Ulysses swallowtail butterfly, as it is smaller and a nondescript brown in colour. Nor does it provide economic benefits as does another moth, the silkworm. Its existence is not threatened by any disease nor is it harvested for food any longer. Quite the opposite, as the moth is considered by some as a nuisance, as at certain times of year, large numbers were attracted to lights in cities like Canberra, entering houses and offices where they cluster in nooks and crannies to the consternation of the inhabitants who hasten to destroy them. It also can be a pest of crops such as cotton and wheat where the caterpillars cause damage and are controlled by the application of insecticides.

National parks are for nature conservation not development

Polling released by the National Parks Australia Council shows the vast majority of Australians want national parks set aside for nature conservation not development.

The survey was conducted nationwide, with the protection of nature, saving threatened species, and quiet enjoyment of nature topping the list of importance for national parks and conservation areas to Australians.

Conservation Campaigner

Job description

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is looking for an energetic Conservation Campaigner to help us protect and advocate for national parks, nature and wildlife across NSW. 

NPA was formed in 1957 and sixty-three years later we have 15 branches, 4,000 members and over 20,000 supporters. We are passionate about the importance of national parks for quality of life and a biodiverse, healthy planet. NPA’s successes are based on our state-wide reach, deep local knowledge and an evidence-based approach to advocacy. 

The Conservation Campaigner will play a critical role in the creation of new national parks as well as defending existing parks against damaging legislation, policies or development. It’s a chance to make a difference to conservation in NSW.

Have Your Say – Cycling in National Parks and reserves

What is proposed?

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has exhibited three documents that will determine the future of cycling in NSW’ national parks and reserves: the draft Cycling Policy; draft Cycling Strategy; and draft Implementation Guidelines.  These three documents describe the types of cycling experiences that will be provided in parks; define how roads, tracks and trails are selected as suitable for cycling; set design standards for dedicated cycling facilities; and propose measures to ensure that any environmental impacts are detected and remediated.