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 email@example.com 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
SWIFFT special event: Biodiversity after bushfire tomorrow Thurs 26 March 2020!
Join a special online SWIFFT event tomorrow from 9:45am to 12:00pm to learn about current activities taking place across areas of Victoria affected by the 2019-20 bushfires. Hear from those involved in biodiversity and community recovery. Click into news item for seminar topics to be covered and to register!
COVID-19 Community Sector Resources
The Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) has provided links to videos of the COVID-19 Community Sector Forum (13/3/20) and Victorian Government Community Inclusion Forum (20/3/20). You can also subscribe to their COVID-19 Sector Bulletin and ask questions! Click into news item for links.
2020 Gallagher Landcare Electric Fencing Grants - Now Open!
Gallagher and Landcare Australia are proud to offer the 2020 Gallagher Landcare Electric Fencing Grants. A total pool of $100,000 (ex-GST) of support is available to support up to 12 projects aligned with the priority areas of conservation, grazing management and feral exclusion. Applications close 15 May 2020. Click into news item for details and link to apply.
2020 National Landcare Conference - Call for Abstracts - Closing Wed 8 April 2020!
A reminder that Landcare Australia is calling for submission of abstracts and posters for the 2020 National Landcare Conference! Landcare Australia is closely monitoring the Covid-19 developments, and will make a decision regarding the scheduling of the 11-13 November 2020 Conference in Sydney as more information becomes available in the near future. In the meantime, LAL is seeking presentations for the concurrent sessions that demonstrate the Landcare ethos for the following streams: Sustainable Agriculture, Environment & Climate Change, Community Partnerships in Action & Landcare Impact. Click into news item for further details and/or to submit an abstract.
Samples wanted from your autumn rabbit control programs
Autumn is a prime time for many public and private land managers and community groups to undertake coordinated rabbit control programs, some of which use the biocide RHDV1-K5, as part of an integrated approach. Sending in samples is relatively easy through the click of a few buttons via the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions RabbitScan application. Click into news item for further details and to get involved.