Earlier this month NACC NRM partnered with the Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association (CWBA) and Kalannie Community Resource Centre to hold a ladies luncheon with a twist – the menu featured feral pests.
The day incorporated a great range of presenters covering several aspects of feral pest control for local landholders, these included:
- Malcolm Kennedy from the Department of Primary Regional Industries and Development (DPIRD) began the day with some hands on trap demonstrations.
- Hamish Longbottom from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy who spoke about the ins and outs of using a bait-laying trailer for rabbit control.
- The alpacas from Toffee Wood Alpacas were on display and participants were told why they make excellent guard animals for herd protection and pest control – mainly for foxes.
- Linda Vernon from CWBA explained Restricted Chemical Permits – which you need if you wish to carry out any baiting on your property.
- Pete Robson from DPIRD spoke about rabbits and a key takeaway message was to take advantage of times when rabbit numbers are low to implement further control measures, for greater long term outcomes and benefits.
- Meja Aldrich from Australian Wool Innovation demonstrated Canid Pest Ejectors.
As the presentations came to a close the tables were set for the lunchtime feral feast, which included rabbit hand pies and pinwheels. And participants also took home a “Feral Feast” rabbit recipe book, with the hope of inspiring a revival of cooking with rabbit.
The day ended with local natural remedy enthusiast Jo Ashworth sharing her knowledge on using natural ingredients to create a low-tox bug spray- perfect for the upcoming bush fly season!
NACC NRM’s Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators Lizzie King helped to organise the event and thanked all the presenters for their time.
“This event was a great example of collaboration for feral pest control, and ultimately that is what we are trying to achieve.”
If you would like any further information about the day or would be interested in getting involved with an event like this get in touch with our Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators: Lizzie King on (E) [email protected] (P) 0447 361 335 or Annabelle Garratt on (E) [email protected] or (P) 0448 986 879.
This project is supported by South Coast NRM with funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.