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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
Minister announces 6-month extension of Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program until 31 December 2020
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, has today announced a 6-month extension (until 31 December 2020) of the existing Landcare facilitator positions funded through the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program (VLFP). Click into news item for full update from DELWP.
Budget Direct Sponsorships Solved - Current round closing 31 May 2020
Budget Direct offers to support local communities through its Sponsorships Solved program to help groups throughout Australia in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods. Eligible organisations can apply for sponsorship for their community initiatives of amounts between $1,000 & $5,000. Click into news item for further details.
Sunsuper Community Grants - Closing 26 June 2020
Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World partners with the visions of Australians and local initiatives to dream big and do good. Grassroots community groups, not-for-profit organisations can apply to win a share of $150,000 in grants to help make the world a better place. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply!
Charlie Arnott Regenerative Journey Podcast - Starts 26 May 2020
Next week, 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner Charlie Arnott will launch his inaugural podcast series The Regenerative Journey. Listen to Charlie delve into the lives of some truly fascinating figureheads within the regenerative agricultural space. In the nine episode series Charlies’ guests include Damon Gameau, Joel Salatin to name but a few... and not forgetting the series opener which is Charlie’s very own regenerative journey. Click into news item for link.
VEFN's Best Friend Award 2020 - Nominations open until 30 June 2020
This year, 2020, is the 29th year that the Victorian Environmental Friends Network (VEFN) has awarded for excellence and dedication in environmental volunteering. Nominations will be accepted from members of a nominating Friends group who believe the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to their Friends group. This year there is also a new Young Best Friend Award for volunteers under 25 years of age. Click into news item for further details and to nominate!