This project will improve landholder awareness in the Northern Agricultural Region regarding the importance of employing alternative methods of managing rabbit population size that coincide with the release of biological control virus. It will also involve the release of the biological control RHDVI-K5 calicivirus at selected sites.
Biological control is not the silver bullet that will lead to 100% control of rabbits – resistance against a specific biological control agent will build up, resulting in fewer deaths. This in turn leads to increases in rabbit numbers. Continuous monitoring and a variety of control measures are required to keep numbers low.
An awareness raising program (what, how, when) that addresses rabbit control measures will be developed and delivered by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council to deliver awareness raising workshops regarding rabbit control activities. This includes fumigation, destruction of burrows through ripping (where burrows exist), poisoning, trapping and shooting. Information on different control methods is available from DPIRD, licensed pest management technicians, and via the PESTSMART website.
For more information or to express your interest contact NACC’s Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators – Lizzie King (E) [email protected] (P) 0447 361 335 or Annabelle Garratt (E) [email protected] (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.