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What it looks like: Stems of this Ground Orchid each have up to six shiny green, broad, paper-thin, near-basal leaves with wavy margins, and a long flower spike bearing numerous small purple flowers.

What it looks like: The Yellow-spotted, or Floodplain, Monitor is a large goanna that can grow nearly one and a half metres long. It is dark brown with alternating bands of large black spots and smaller dark-edged yellow spots. It is paler underneath, often with lines of spots. Its tail is flattened sideways, narrow bands at the end making it appear lighter.

What it looks like: The Australian Painted Snipe is a shorebird that stands about 20 cm high and wears a distinctive black and white, rugby jumper V on its chest and a bold white stripe through its eye. Otherwise its plumage on its upper body is mostly chestnut-bronze to dark olive-green, with fine black barring and chestnuts spots, contrasting with its clean white legs and belly.

What it looks like: Northern Laurel, also known as White Walnut, is a tall tree with simple leaves, and peppery-smelling bark. As with many laurels, its leaves are paler below than above. Its clusters of inconspicuous pale brown flowers develop into round green fruit that turn black as they ripen.

Managed fires provide the most economical long-term solution for woody weed control. These fires kill a large proportion of fire-sensitive species (particularly mulga) and reduce the vigour of others (e.g. witchetty bush and broombush) allowing grasses to regenerate.

This (1997) paper reports on a research and recovery program for the endangered parrot and gives management recommendations.

Garnett S.T. and Crowley G.M. (1997) "The Golden-shouldered Parrot of Cape York Peninsula: The importance of cups of tea to effective conservation", in Conservation Outside Nature Reserves , (eds) P. Hale and D.

Under Queensland’s Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 gamba grass is a declared Class 2 pest - land managers must take reasonable steps to keep land free of the species and it is an o ence to introduce, keep or supply the species without a permit. 

In 2012 Gamba grass was declared a Weed of National Signi cance. 

Pest Central is a state-wide database that is attempting to standardise the way pest (weeds and animal) survey and control data is reported across Queensland.

As part of our reporting requirements to the State NRM investment, Cape York NRM are required to submit on-ground data to Pest Central. 

Grazing management

Cape York has management issues which are quite different to those experienced by graziers elsewhere in Northern Australia. Because many of the properties are only marginally productive, many graziers in Cape York must engage in off-farm employment such as fencing, mustering or supplying tourist facilities. It also means that there is very little capital available for property development.

Major feral animals

Feral Pig

As in many other regions of north Australia, the feral pig has significant impacts in Cape York