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Getting involved

DeerScan is a freely available website and mapping facility for local communities anywhere in Australia. Data entered into DeerScan can help to identify priority areas for control, coordinate control activities, and report the situation with deer at any time and within any region. By recording information about deer in your area, you will be helping to address the problems they are causing in your local area and across the country.

Collecting and recording data

Before entering data, you will need to Register. Once registered, you can enter as little or as much information as you like, but the more data you enter, the more useful DeerScan will be for the control of these pests in your area. If you have registered as part of another species project (e.g RabbitScan) you do not need to register again.

1. How many introduced deer are there in your area?

By mapping sightings of deer, DeerScan will be able to map where feral populations occur in your region to help guide control activities. The number of deer seen can help to decide what course of action to take. Reporting areas where deer have not been seen is also important.

2. What damage (or problems) are deer causing?

If deer are a pest in your area, record what damage (or problems) they are causing. For example, road vehicle hazard, or damage to vegetation. By recording problems, this information can be considered across your region, and can help to alert others to be watchful for similar problems. The aim should be to reduce the numbers of deer and the damage deer cause as much as possible, and across the region, not just a small area.

3. What control is being undertaken?

Recording whether feral populations of deer are being controlled in your area can help to evaluate the success of activities, and identify suitable management options, ie how best to control deer in your region. It can also help to identify whether there are gaps in the areas being controlled. Mapping where control has occurred can produce useful information for others in your area, especially so group control programs can be organised across larger areas to reduce their numbers as much as possible.

How to collect and enter your data

Click here to find out how to collect and enter data. 

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