Learning Networks spread rabbit control

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network is running a training program to help people develop local rabbit control groups, or ‘learning networks’. Participants in the 2.5 day course can apply for a $1,000 grant to support local rabbit control projects. For more information see Leadership in Rabbit Control Course.

Compassionate conservation fails to conserve

An article by Peter Fleming concludes that ‘compassionate conservation’ (an approach focused on the ‘well-being of individual wild animals’) has the capacity to do harm to the cause of conservation in Australia and elsewhere. Referring to the damage rabbits cause to natural ecosystems, and hence the suffering caused to other animals, Peter argues that individuals […]

Is the future fenced?

An article by Michael Bode highlights the importance of fox and cat control for fauna conservation,and muses about how good it would be if methods other than fencing could achieve that. Rabbits must also be considered – as competitors and habitat destroyers – for fauna conservation. The biological control of rabbits has benefited whole landscapes, […]

Are bilbies hard-wired to avoid dingoes?

Bilbies may be more likely to avoid dingoes than cats, if their reaction to dog and cat faeces is anything to go by. Research by the University of NSW conducted in the Arid Recovery Reserve, SA, indicated that bilbies tend to avoid dogs as a result of co-evolution. For more information, see the article from […]

Conservation starts with rabbit control.

Concerted efforts at rabbit control by the Trust for Nature on their Ned’s Corner property are paying off. The Trust purchased the property west of Mildura fifteen years ago and has been targeting rabbits with a variety of control measures, including spreading RHDV-K5. Land that was once eroded by rabbits is now regenerating – more […]

Wardang Island’s rabbit history

The historic role of Wardang Island in the development of bio-controls for wild rabbits has been recognized with an update to signage at the Port Victoria jetty. The Island was the primary field trial site for both Myxomatosis and the Calici virus (RHDV). Great to see that history, the role of CSIRO, and the support […]

Grants for rabbit control

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network is supporting a Victorian grants program to help with rabbit control. For more information, see the article in The Courier.

10 Billion Rabbits

Author of ‘Those Wild Rabbits’, Bruce Munday, is interviewed on the ABC Radio’s ‘Conversations’. Listen to the ABC interview for some great yarns about bunnies and their control.

How the bunny-rabbit shaped Australia

Bruce Munday, author of RFA supported book ‘Those Wild Rabbits’, has been interviewed on ABC Radio National by Phillip Adams. To hear the interview online, visit the Radio National Late Night Live website.

Calici helps threatened plains mouse

The spread of the Calici virus (RHDV) has been cited as a contributor to the recovery of the native Plains Mouse (pseudomys australis). Katherine Tuft, Manager of Arid Recovery (a conservation reserve in outback SA), has reported high numbers of the native mice. “We think that a combination of good rainy years and the knockdown […]