When Thomas Austin introduced 24 rabbits into Australia in 1859, it is likely that he didn’t fully consider the consequences of his actions. Obviously, rabbits adapted well to their new country, and by 1900, rabbits had spread so well that they’d reached Western Australia. Rabbits have caused ongoing difficulties for farmers for decades.
In recent times, rabbits are a common theme for Landcare group projects, and many groups will focus on innovative methods for control techniques and how to engage the community on rabbit management.
East Gippsland Landcare Network has recently undertaken a novel approach by holding a rabbit management forum at their 2016 East Gippsland Field Days site.
The Rabbit Management Forum included:
This approach was successful for a number of reasons
The Landcare Share Centre is grassroots Landcare supporting grassroots Landcare
The Share Centre is a service provided by Landcare Victoria Incorporated (LVI)