The impact of wild horses on our national parks: David Watson
In June 2017, ecologist David Watson resigned from the NSW Government’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee over the wild horse debate. He posted his letter of resignation on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. Historic icon, convenient resource or environmental vandal – brumbies are both revered and reviled in Australia. Scientists say that the animals are doing irreparable harm to Australia’s alpine region, brumby lovers say the animals are cultural icons. David says you can have horses and you can have protected areas. But you can´t have horses in a protected areas. Join the debate on our social channels!
This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic
The fern–eucalypt association is the Dandenong’s signature. Every track or mountain road swooping down the flanks of the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, seems to reveal another lavish, frond-filled gully. Among them, Sherbrooke Forest is one of the prime strongholds of temperate rainforest, a haven of mountain ash, mountain grey gums, silver wattle, soft tree ferns, blackwood and southern sassafras. Far from the nearest road, the only sounds in the valley stillness are the distant screeches of sulphur-crested cockatoos and the gurgle of water from the creek below.