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    10017: Sustaining our environmental and agricultural assets through vermin control in the West Midlands, WA

    West Midlands Group farmers completing training on the safe use and management of 1080 fox and rabbit baits. Courtesy of Jennifer Bairstow.
    West Midlands Group farmers completing training on the safe use and management of 1080 fox and rabbit baits. Courtesy of Jennifer Bairstow.

    Rabbits, foxes and feral cats are three of the most common animal pests in Australia. They compete with native animals and livestock for food, damage native habitat and crops, and cause erosion. Rabbits and foxes have long been a significant biosecurity issue in the West Midlands region, and in the Northern Agricultural region.

    Community baiting programs are an effective way of controlling both rabbit and fox infestations and can contribute to reducing the speed and extent of reinfestation. The hot period at the end of summer is the most opportune time for conducting baiting programs, as this is when food supplies are limited.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will see the West Midlands Group administer a subsidised rabbit and fox-baiting program to landholders in the region at the end of summer. Project activities will include:

    • coordination of 1080 training days in partnership with Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
    • distribution of information on feral control, including 1080 baiting
    • provision of subsidised baits through licensed commercial outlets from February to April 2012.
    Investment: $ 43 900
    Delivery organisation: West Midlands Group
    Project duration: August 2011 - June 2012
    Location: Privately owned remnant vegetation, West Midlands region, 200 km north of Perth

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