Journal article

Threatened plant translocation in Australia: A review

JL Silcock, CL Simmons, L Monks, R Dillon, N Reiter, M Jusaitis, PA Vesk, M Byrne, DJ Coates



Translocation of plants has become a common approach in conservation biology in the past two decades, but it is not clear how successful it is in achieving long-term conservation outcomes. We combined a literature review with extensive consultations with translocation practitioners to compile data on translocations of threatened Australian plants. We documented 1001 translocations involving 376 taxa, concentrated in regions and habitats with high numbers of threatened species. Only 109 translocation attempts encompassing 71 taxa are documented in peer-reviewed literature. Over 85% of translocations have occurred since 2000 and half since 2010, with an especially rapid increase in development..

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Funding Acknowledgements

More than 150 botanists, ecologists and land managers shared their knowledge of translocations past and ongoing. Special thanks to the Victorian pioneers Neville Scarlett, Bob Parsons and John Morgan, who discussed ideas borne of decades of experience, and to Kylie Moritz, Bryan Haywood, Karly Learmonth, Andrew Benwell, Bob Dixon, Richard Shahinger, John Briggs, Nathan Wong, Pauline Rudolph and Bianca Gold who shared detailed data on numerous translocations. This research was funded by the National Environmental Science Program through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub.