Aussie prof challenges “invasion biologists” on their own turf

Compassionate Conservation is an emerging multi-disciplinary field that considers the individuals of a species have value.  Rather than focusing on threatened and invasive species, Compassionate Conservation considers the Anthropocene (when humans dominate) is continuing to evolve and introduced and native species are evolving with it. Conventional conservation views any species whose presence might challenge the ordained “natives” are thereafter persecuted as “invasive,” even if the habitat has changed so much that the “invasive” species are better suited than the “natives” to surviving there. “It is possible to protect brumbies without abandoning takhis” “Protecting megafauna in their introduced range can supplement… Continue reading

June Quarterly Newsletter OUT NOW!

Brumby Bridges is now available to view or download. INSIDE THIS ISSUE….. President’s Chat Diverse cultures should be valued in NP’s How To submit your views on Kosi draft plan Member News Rally for the Snowy Brumbies Do Brumbies Support the Environment? No Trapping in Guy Fawkes ….More   Continue reading

Management of the Dartmoor Ponies of Dartmoor National Park, UK

In June 2015, ABA President Jill Pickering visited the Dartmoor National Park in the UK to learn how this wild herd is managed with the use of fertility control. What she discovered is that the ponies are important to the biodiversity of the National Park. Visit to Dartmoor National Park, 2015, Jill Pickering Continue reading

Exmoor Ponies Help Revamp the Czech Republic’s Landscape

In an unprecedented environmental conservation effort, Jirku and his team of scientists have handpicked a specific pony breed native to England—the Exmoor—and placed it on former military landscapes less than an hour northeast of Prague. Their goal? To have nature take its course, with large herbivores grazing and fertilizing the land, in hopes of one day restoring it to the rich and productive territory it used to be before World War II. To read the full article….. Continue reading