Rabbits

Picture courtesy of Wayne Hillier

"European rabbits are Australia’s most widespread and destructive environmental and agricultural vertebrate pest"

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The grazing effect of rabbits can prevent native seedlings from regenerating, reduce crop yields, compete with livestock for pasture as well as directly competing with native animals for food and shelter. Grazing and digging by rabbits can impact on slope instability and increase soil erosion.

It only takes one rabbit per hectare to prevent native seedling regeneration.

Rabbit control options include:

  • Biocontrol agents
  • Baiting
  • Exclusion fencing
  • Fumigation
  • Warren Destruction
  • Trapping
  • Shooting

Rabbit Information Videos

Pestsmart video: Historical and current impacts of rabbits – a farmers perspective
Pestsmart video: Community led integrated rabbit management
Pestsmart video: Importance of rabbit biological control to livestock producers.