Join this webinar to hear from Agriculture Victoria’s Jason Wishart on fox and rabbit ecology, key control techniques and basic principles for effective management.
Foxes and rabbits are widespread and abundant in Victoria. The prevalence of these introduced pests impacts platypus: the fox predates on the platypus; and rabbits damage wildlife corridors and creek banks by killing indigenous plants, causing erosion, and creating places for weeds to flourish – impacting water quality and water bug populations.
Foxes and rabbits also cause serious impacts to the natural environment and agriculture, and are potential vectors for diseases.
Successful fox and rabbit management requires an integrated approach using multiple control tools, including:
- harbour manipulation.
Control programs should also be strategic and implanted and a landscape-scale in a coordinated fashion.
This event is free but registration is required:
About the presenter
Jason Wishart has been involved in research and management of pest animals for over 15 years. He began his career at the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre where he assisted with the development of various pest animals management products and strategies, both nationally and internationally.
He continued in this line of work at Animal Control Technologies for a relatively short time, before joining Agriculture Victoria as statewide specialist for Established Invasive Animals. Most of Jason’s time now is spent educating and training key stakeholders on the importance of strategic pest animal management for agriculture and environmental protection.
This webinar is part of Celebrating our Platypus in the Diamond Creek: a series of events across two weekends from 22 to 30 May, hosted by Nillumbik Shire Council and Melbourne Water.
Other events in this series include:
- Platypus in Diamond Creek (webinar) – Thursday 20 May
- Waterbug discovery workshop – Saturday 22 May
- Diamond Creek self-guided bike tour – Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 May
- Diamond Creek clean-up day – Sunday 23 May
Victorian native fish species (webinar) – Tuesday 25 May
Waterbugs: highly nutritious but interesting in their own right (webinar) – Wednesday 26 May
Celebrating the platypus in the Diamond Creek – Sunday 30 May