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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: email@example.com
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“Inside the Bureau's new climate guides project”. Presented by Luke Shelley, Bureau of Meteorology. The new regional climate guides aim to help farmers understand and manage their climate risk by providing regionally focused climate and weather summaries that detail historical observations and trends using information available from local Bureau of Meteorology weather stations. Click into news item for speaker details, schedule and links.
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