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The conditions in the paddock after a fire can provide an opportunity to target local rabbit populations. Here are a few helpful hints for managing rabbits in fire-affected landscapes:
• Map rabbit warrens. With the reduced vegetation cover, rabbit warrens may be more visible now. A good first step in your rabbit control program is mapping warrens.
• Baiting is an essential component of integrated best practice rabbit control, undertaken prior to destroying warrens. But note the following point.
• Protect native wildlife and domestic animals. Native animals may be utilising rabbit burrows for shelter, and baiting programs will attract hungry animals. In a burnt landscape, baits may be more attractive to non-target species (domestic and native) than under normal conditions. Carefully consider your bait placement and check the uptake of free feeds prior to laying the treated bait.
• To identify animals in the treatment area you can simply observe footprints in ash beds or install a remote camera.
• Destroy warrens. Warrens are key to rabbits being able to re-establish their population post-fire. By ripping or destroying these, it limits their success.
• Continue to manage woody weeds. This will limit harbor for rabbits to shelter under.
• Work with your neighbours. Rabbits won’t stop at your property boundary, so collaboration ‘over the fence’ will ensure your program is more effective.
• Keep a soft footprint on the landscape. Landholders must be careful to avoid further damage to the environment and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites when using machinery. Obtain the necessary permits and, if you are unsure, seek advice from Agriculture Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Aboriginal Victoria or local council.
• To plant or not to plant. Native regeneration will occur in some areas, and you may also consider supplementary planting after weed and rabbit control. Take a look at this Restoring our landscapes guide as starting point and seek advice from local experts from Landcare and Catchment Management Authorities.
For more tips, take a look at the VRAN rabbit management recipe video - https://rabbitaction.com/2019/05/08/the-rabbit-recipe/
For further advice on managing rabbits post-fire, contact VRAN Executive Officer, Heidi Kleinert: firstname.lastname@example.org
LVI News - August 2020
The latest newsletter is now available on the LVI page of the Landcare Gateway - Click into news item for link.
Smart Farms Small Grants Round Open
Federal Agriculture Minister the Hon David Littleproud MP has announced a new round of funding under the Smart Farms Small Grants Program. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply.
Bushfire Recovery Victoria releases state recovery plan
The State Government released the State Recovery Plan on 25 August. Landcare Victoria Inc is represented on the Environment and Biodiversity Working Group, which contributed to the development of the Plan. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply.
Growing Victoria's Botanic Gardens grants program - Close 16 July 2020
DELWP is delivering the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program to assist climate change adaptation, valuable plant collection maintenance, community amenity improvement and local tourism development. Of a total $2 million pool, grants of $20,000 to $300,000 are on offer, with projects to be completed within two years. The grants are open to organisations with not-for-profit objectives such as local councils, committees of management, trusts and community groups associated with botanic gardens. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply.
Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants - Close 31 July 2020
DELWP and Landcare Australia are partnering for a third year to fund the 2020 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. These grants of up to $5,000 (ex GST) are for schools (primary or secondary), kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts or Girl Guides or youth groups, youth environmental volunteer groups and Junior Landcare groups in Victoria. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply.