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Weeds such as foxglove or broom might look pretty when they flower, but they can compete with Tasmania’s unique native plants and quickly take over an area, helped by their flowers and large seed production.

This can affect local wildlife, which depend on native plants for food and shelter.

We recently surveyed roads in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the Tarkine, and found English broom, gorse, foxglove and montbretia weeds growing.

We needed to respond quickly, before the plants started seeding. One of our qualified weed contractors was soon on the spot to control the weeds.

We’ll continue to survey and control the area, to make sure these weeds don’t get a foothold in our precious wilderness, and that locals and visitors get to see Tasmania’s wilderness at its best.