Urban and peri-urban rabbit control field day in Natimuk

Are rabbits a problem in your garden or small land holding? Would you like to know more about best practice rabbit control in regional communities?

If it’s a yes to either question, please join us at the Natimuk Showgrounds on Tuesday 26 April for a rabbit control field day.

Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Manager James Rowe said rabbits are Australia’s most costly vertebrate pest animal, causing more than $200 million in agricultural production losses each year.

“Research shows that less than a single rabbit per hectare can prevent the successful regeneration of native vegetation,” Mr Rowe said.

Horsham Rural City Council Landcare Facilitator Annie Hobby said rabbits out-compete and displace other native animals by competing for food, shelter and water resources.

“They cause detrimental effects to the landscape by spreading weeds and contributing to soil erosion, water degradation and loss of biodiversity.”

People living in and around Natimuk are invited to a field day on rabbit control in urban and peri urban areas being run by Agriculture Victoria and supported by the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Horsham Rural City Council and Natimuk Urban Landcare group.

This field day will focus on:

  • control methods for best practice rabbit management
  • the identification of rabbit activity, burrows and preferred sites
  • demonstrations and techniques on rabbit baiting, fumigation, vegetation manipulation, exclusion fencing and harbour removal
  • up-to-date information on rabbit biological control and the latest information from the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN)
  • how communities can collaborate and co-ordinate their efforts for integrated rabbit control
  • the legislative requirements when controlling rabbit populations.

The field day will be held at the Natimuk Showgrounds, Jory Street, Natimuk on Tuesday 26 April from 5.30 – 9 pm.

Mr Rowe said everyone had a role to play in the protection of Victoria’s natural assets.

“By working together, government, industry and the community can reduce the impact of pest animals in Victoria.”

Please register for catering purposes by contacting either James Rowe on 0408 512 599 or Annie Hobby on 0407 914 498.

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