A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
Wild deer are now listed as a high priority pest animal in many jurisdictions across Australia and more stories are emerging of landholders being increasingly impacted by deer, while members of the public are very concerned about deer damage in public land.
Peter West, National Coordinator of FeralScan and Invasive Species Officer with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, said the number of reports coming through DeerScan in recent months has helped to highlight problem areas and enabled us to develop detailed knowledge of where and how deer are using the landscape.
“This information is now allowing land managers and governments to better target management strategies to reduce deer impacts to farms and the environment,” Mr West said.
However, Mr West also reiterated that all data collected through DeerScan is managed securely and exact locations of deer sightings are not made publicly available.
Individuals and landowners can record sightings into DeerScan. To set up your community group within the program, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
To report deer sighting, their impacts and management, simply visit www.deerscan.org.au or download the free FeralScan App from Apple and Google Play.
• FeralScan now has more than 22,000 users and 140,000 pest animal records.
• In its first 6 months DeerScan has had more than 1,700 records uploaded.
• There are 379 groups registered within FeralScan consisting of members working together to share monitoring data and work together to manage pest species.
• All deer information is managed discretely and exact locations of deer sightings are not made available to the public.
• People who enter pest animal data, can elect to share their records with the public or keep them private.
• Anyone can report sightings of pest animals into FeralScan by simply visiting www.feralscan.org.au
2019/20 Volunteer Grants - Now Open!
The intended outcome of this grant program is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering. Whilst this round closes in April, funding is capped at $66,000 per electorate so get in early! Click into news item for further details & eligibility for LVI Member Groups.
Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought Program - Biosecurity Management of Pests and Weeds Round 2 - Closing 5 February!
The objectives of the program are to assist communities manage the negative impacts of pest animals and weeds during drought, stimulate economic activity and facilitate local employment in the areas where projects take place. Whilst this funding round is for local councils, if your area is affected by drought you can approach your local council and collaborate! Click into news item for further information.
Community Conservation Grants - Closing 14 February!
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) invites grant applications for conservation projects to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply.
Bushfire Support Resources
Landcare Australia has put together an extensive list of support resources for bushfire affected communities. Click into news item for link.
LVI Landcare Voices Project - New Interviews!
Three new interviews from Fergus Irving, Frankie & Graeme MacLennan and Peter Jennings are now available online as part of LVI's ongoing Landcare Voices Project. So far, 19 interviews have been conducted, capturing the oral history of Landcare from across the state. Click into news item to listen.