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Fire is a highly effective technique for controlling Prosopis pallida, the most widespread mesquite species
in Australia. The best kill comes from burning late in the dry season when the plants are stressed and the fires are intense; mature trees, seedlings and seeds
lying on the soil surface are susceptible.

Weeds have an enormous impact on Australia’s tropical savannas, and the problem is growing rapidly every year.

The major weedy plant species in northern Australia include grasses, herbs, vines and trees.  While only a small proportion of species have been formally declared noxious through legislation, many can still be regarded as weeds from one perspective or another.

Preventing new weeds from establishing and key processes for management

Preventing new weeds from establishing and key processes for management

What it looks like: Red Goshawks are streaky reddish-brown birds, with yellow legs. They are slightly smaller but heavier-looking than Black Kites. A Red Goshawk looks six-fingered as it flies over the canopy with a mixture of flapping and gliding.

Yakka Skinks are a reddish brown chubby skink with particularly short legs that reach 40cm in length.

The presence of these skinks indicat a healthy environment that has had a well managed fire regime.

Norhern Quolls are the size of a possum with a white-spotted body and solid black tail.  They have a pointed face, sharp teeth and a clawless single toe.

Their presence indicates a well-managed fire regime.

Jedda is a small dark-green leafed shrub that produces small white sweetly scented  flowers in the dry season.

Jedda survives moderate grazing and resprouts after mild fires.

Golden-shouldered Parrots are the size of a budgie: males are torquoise with a black cap, yellow wings and a red belly.  Juveniles and females are pale olive green.

Presence of Golden-shouldered Parrots indicates pasturelands are well managed.

Giant Spear Grass is tall and  perennial fragile with blue grey leaves, almost fleshy at the base and covered with a greasy white powder.

It is an important wet season food for seed eating parrots.