Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

How you can help

Being a responsible pet owner and removing weeds from your garden are just a few things you can do to help stop pests and weeds spreading.

Pest animals

You can help us control pest animals by following these simple guidelines:

  • Don't dump unwanted animals in the bush as they can survive and breed to increase the pest animal problem.

  • Keep your cat or dog indoors at dawn, dusk and night. Native animals are most vulnerable to attack at these times.

  • Attach loud bells to your pet's collar, to warn wildlife when they are around.

  • Make sure pet cats are desexed. Large numbers of feral cats already live in bushland areas, preying on native animals.

  • There are good reasons why pets are not allowed in national parks and other conservation reserves - please keep them out.

  • Keep an eye out for cane toads, especially if they're not generally found in your area.

  • Give lizards and small marsupials a refuge from cats and dogs, by placing terracotta pipes and piles of stones around your garden.

  • If you own a large property, fence off bush corridors for wildlife so they can safely move through cleared areas.


There are a few simple things you can do to help stop the spread of weeds into your local bushland areas.

Plant native species

Ask your nursery for native plants that are native to your region. They will be adapted to local conditions and will attract native fauna. There are several schemes under way to promote native plants and prevent the spread of garden weeds

Remove weed species from your garden

Many weeds have tiny seeds or spores that are carried on the wind, or by birds and other animals, into the bush. Here they may sprout and establish new weed populations.

Find out more about the common weeds in your region from the resources provided on this site. Ask your local council's weeds officer if a particular plant may cause harm to native bushland should it escape your garden.

Don't dump garden waste

Don't dump weeds, prunings or grass clippings in the bush. They introduce new weeds and allow established weeds to spread further. Shred and compost garden weeds instead.

It's also important to keep weeds out of our waterways. Don't sweep or hose garden waste down the drain. It eventually ends up in our rivers, which can become clogged. Weed seeds and fragments can float downstream and establish new weed populations.

Protect open spaces

Keep open spaces weed-free, both on your property and in public places. Stop soil erosion by encouraging native plants to grow in these spaces.

Join a volunteer group

Volunteer groups play a vital role in caring for our soil, water, plants and wildlife. Many of these groups work to reduce the impact of environmental weeds.

You can see a list of NPWS volunteer programs in parks and reserves around NSW. In addition, the following organisations run and/or support conservation projects in local communities:


Page last updated: 19 January 2016