09068: Red Card for Foxes and Rabbits

    Cadoux Group fox shoot. Courtesy Wheatbelt NRM
    Cadoux Group fox shoot. Courtesy Wheatbelt NRM

    Red Card for Foxes and Rabbits is a community-based feral animal control program that has been operating in agricultural areas of WA since 2004.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia supported the program by providing central coordination of the many participating local groups. The main component was a devolved grant program implemented by regional NRM groups. The grant provided for the purchase of baits.

    The goal of the project was to increase the level of baiting in the community to reduce the effects of foxes and rabbits on biodiversity assets, including threatened fauna, flora, birds and reptiles. Agricultural productivity also benefited through reduced loss of lambs from fox kills and by the reduced impact of rabbits.

    Investment: $ 110 000
    Other contribution: $ 38
    Delivery organisation: Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
    Project duration: July 2010 - September 2011
    Location: South Coast, South West, Wheatbelt and Northern Agricultural regions

    Major project achievements

    • More than 60 groups are registered with Red Card for Foxes and Rabbits and participate in the annual control program. Local coordinators were supported with ideas, promotion, technical advice and access to information through the Red Card website.
    • $33 000 was provided to local groups to subsidise the cost of baits and to host fox-culling events.
    • More than 18 500 fox baits and 3500 km of rabbit oat trails were laid in 2011.
    • 500 people were involved in baiting and 35 groups (750 people) culled 2400 foxes and 2300 rabbits in shoots.
    • Public awareness and knowledge of the impact of foxes and rabbits on biodiversity and agricultural production was raised through media articles, interviews and the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes website.

    Project partners

    Wheatbelt NRM, South Coast NRM; South West Catchments Council; Northern Agricultural Catchments Council; World Wildlife Fund (WWF); Murdoch University; Royal Flying Doctor Service; Stockbrands; Southern Brook Catchment Group; Shire of Kellerberrin; Yeelana Catchment Group; Cadoux Sports Council; Shire of Mt Marshall; Shire of Kondinin; Meckering Sports Club; Shire of Nungarin; Shire of Beverley; Shire of Brookton; Shire of Quairading; Shire of Cunderdin; Shire of York; Kokendin Catchment; Facey Group; Kulin/Kondinin Football Club; Shire of Trayning; Shire of Pingelly; Shire of Mukinbudin; Shire of Wickepin; Kalannie Football Club; Lake McDermott Catchment Group; Mt Marshall LCDC; Lake Wallambin Catchment Group; East River Group supported by Green Skills; Gilliami Centre; Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee; RAIN; Friends of the Porongurup Range Inc.; Banjelungup Aboriginal Corporation; Walitj Aboriginal Corporation; Tambellup Noongar Land Association; Oyster Harbour Catchment Group; North Stirlings Pallinup Group; FBG

    More information

    Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Northam office (08) 9690 2000

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