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    13009: Pest control to protect sensitive vegetation in the West Midlands

    Winners of the West Midlands Group vermin championships the “Badgy Killer’s” (Tim Dean, Sean Nelson and Nicola Smith) culled 22 foxes, 1 cat and 59 rabbits. Courtesy Jennifer Bairstow, West Midlands Group.
    Winners of the West Midlands Group vermin championships the “Badgy Killer’s” (Tim Dean, Sean Nelson and Nicola Smith) culled 22 foxes, 1 cat and 59 rabbits. Courtesy Jennifer Bairstow, West Midlands Group.

    Feral rabbits and foxes are a major problem in the West Midlands region causing damage to farming systems and native plants and animals.

    This project will encourage farmers with bush blocks to participate in baiting and shooting programs during two 'hot baiting periods' in March-April and September-October.

    Public reserves and national parks will also be baited during these periods through the Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Shield Program.

    Key elements of this project include:

    • subsidised rabbit and fox baits for landholders in the West Midlands region
    • 1080 safe handling training in Eneabba
    • commercial licenses provided to seven outlets to distribute subsidised baits
    • participation in the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program
    • monitoring the success of fox and rabbit baiting and shooting events.
    Investment: $ 33 165
    Delivery organisation: West Midlands Group
    Project duration: February 2014 - December 2014
    Location: Reserves in the West Midlands area including the Lancelin Defence Training area, Wanagarren Nature Reserve, Nambung, Badgingarra National Park, Southern Beekeepers National Park and unallocated crown land reserves

    Project partners

    Department of Agriculture and Food WA

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