Field Programs

Field Programs

The secret to AWC’s success is our commitment to practical, on-ground land management informed by world class science.

Our core activities include fire management, feral cat & fox control, feral herbivore control, weed control, a field science program and wildlife translocations.

Nearly 80% of our staff are based in the field. We are the only conservation organisation to demonstrate this level of commitment to practical land management. Our field staff are the front-line in a battle against the ecological axis of evil: feral animals, wildfires and weeds.

Nearly 80% of our staff are based in the field

Around 84% of our total operating expenditure is invested in conservation, with only 16% on administration and fundraising. In contrast, every other major environment organisation in Australia allocates more than 40% of total operating expenditure to administration and fundraising.

Our leadership in land management is demonstrated by the following key facts:

  • AWC manages more cat and fox-free land than any other organisation in Australia.
  • AWC has established the two largest feral herbivore-free areas on mainland Australia.
  • AWC delivers the largest non-government fire management program in Australia.
  • We have undertaken more translocation of threatened wildlife than any other non-government organisation.
Feral cat and fox control

Feral cat and fox control

Did you know that feral cats kill tens of millions of native animals a day?

AWC manages more fox and cat-free land on mainland Australia than any other organisation.

The largest feral cat research
program ever
undertaken is being implemented at Mornington-Marion Downs.

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Feral herbivore control

Feral herbivore control

There are 300,000 camels, 400,000 feral horses, up to 5 million feral donkeys, up to 23.5 million feral pigs and 150,000 buffalo across Australia.

AWC has established the two largest feral herbivore free areas on the mainland at Wongalara (100,000 ha) and
Mornington-Marion Downs (50,000 ha).

Small mammal numbers doubled when
AWC removed feral herbivores at Mornington.

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Fire management

Fire management

Fire regimes have changed dramatically in Australia, with an increase in the scale and intensity of wildfires, particularly in northern Australia.

AWC implements the largest private fire management program in Australia. Our award-winning EcoFire program delivers prescribed burning across 3 million hectares of mixed tenures (including pastoral and indigenous land) in the Kimberley.

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Wildlife translocations

Wildlife translocations

AWC has conducted more than
60 translocations of 18 threatened and declining mammal species involving more than 2,200 individual animals.

Our reintroductions at Scotia have been described by Sir David Attenborough as “a vitally important project for Australia and for the planet.”

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Science: surveys and research

Science: surveys and research

AWC has more than 20 field ecologists (around 25% of our total staff team) tracking the ecological health of our properties and undertaking research into the key conservation challenges in Australia.

In 2014, AWC staff carried out over 100,000 trap nights as part of biological surveys across Australia.

Our science program has generated over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the last 5 years.

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Weed control

Weed control

Invasive weeds displace or degrade habitat for wildlife across Australia.

AWC is implementing practical and innovative weed control measures across our sanctuaries targeting a range of key weeds including lantana, Parkinsonia, Callotropis, Gamba Grass and Grader

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