Rabbit biocontrol for landholders undertaking complementary control methods
Biocontrol is a specialised tool for a specific applications. Rabbit biocontrol has been available to landholders since 2017. Landholders often rely on biocontrol as a single option and have unrealistic expectations of the impact. Not undertaking complementary control methods can result in population immunity and the decreased efficacy of the biocontrol.
The PHBG provides the means to increase landholder awareness and understanding of best practice methods for controlling rabbits. The foundation of effective management is integrated control methods. This project will provide biocontrol to landholders who meet eligibility criteria.
IN (i.e. what the PHBG will be doing …)
Within op area
Landholders who meet eligibility criteria
Loan of field cameras for pre and post monitoring
Supply of inoculated pellets from a collection point
OUT (i.e. what the PHBG will not be doing …)
Outside op area
Delivery of virus
Supply of pre-feeding pellets
Coordination of pre-feeding (landholder to undertake)
Pre and post monitoring (landholder to undertake)
Annually via PHBG annual report
End of project report
To provide landholders access to a specialised tool to complement their rabbit control efforts. Coordinating an annual release of K5
To provide information on the best use of biocontrol and how it should be used in an integrated control program. Offering resources that are clear and easy to understand
To increase landholder use of FeralScan. Promote and distribute FeralScan resources
Febuary - Communication and registrations completed ahead of autumn release.
March - Annual release
Twice a year?
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Landholders eligible for K5 complete all necessary steps
Landholders not eligible for K5 provided with alternative control information and support
Number of cameras being used to monitor rabbit numbers
Signups to FeralScan