The cost of rabbit damage to the agricultural industry and environment is estimated to be in the range of $200 million - $600 million per year*.
Some of the impacts that rabbits have on the landscape include:
- Heavy grazing of agricultural grasses and native plants.
- This in turn affects the quality and quantity of feed for livestock and threatening native flora.
- Grazing native plants allows weeds to thrive.
- Reducing the amount of vegetation and digging warrens reduces the stability of the soil so that it is exposed and easily washed or blown away.
Landholders are responsible for rabbit control on their property. An integrated control plan combining control methods, survey and monitoring in combination with the cooperation of your neighbours is the most effective way to deal with rabbits.
Scanning for Rabbits in Brushgrove
Landholders in the Brushgrove area are working with Southern New England Landcare (SNELCC) to reduce the impacts of rabbits on their land. ‘Rabbit Scan’ identifies and targets specific warrens for control measures. Uralla Shire Council will provide complementary control of warrens on Council land adjacent to participating properties.
Border River Gwydir Catchment Management Authority funded the one year project, which is now closed to new applicants. On ground works are due for completion at the end of June 2011. We will report on the success of the program as it progresses.
If you would like further information about the program, please contact Bec Smith or Bec Ballard at SNELCC on 02 6772 9123.
For help, advice and information regarding best practice rabbit control, please contact the following authorities or visit their websites via the link provided.
Southern New England Landcare
Phone: 02 6772 9123
Livestock Health and Pest Authority
Phone: 02 6772 2366
Industry & Investment, Department of Primary Industries
Armidale District Office
Phone: 02 6738 8500
Office of Environment and Heritage
* How to Stop Rabbits, brochure produced by Livestock Health and Pest Authority in partnership with Southern New England Landcare and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.