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Mapping rabbits on Phillip Island 

 
Welcome to RabbitScan Phillip Island, a new tool to help coordinate the monitoring and control of rabbits on Phillip Island. The Phillip Island community and land managers can now use this resource to effectively control rabbits by:
  • Mapping rabbit activity including warrens, dung piles, scratching and damage caused by rabbits.
  • Recording control works such as baiting, warren ripping and harbour removal in your local area.
On this page, you can get information on what to do if you have a rabbit problem in your area. It will be regularly updated with current information regarding rabbits on Phillip Island.
 
Rabbits are identified as a key threatening process to biodiversity in Australia. They not only damage native vegetation, spread weeds and cause erosion. High rabbit numbers allow other feral animals such as feral cats and foxes to proliferate and can also undermine buildings and damage crops and pasture. It is a legal responsibility (as part of the Catchment and Land Protection Act, 1994) of each landowner/ manager to control rabbits on their property. Rabbits don’t recognise property boundaries, which makes them a community problem that we must all tackle together.
 
The most effective way to control rabbits is to use a range of integrated control techniques. The most efficient and long lasting strategy is to stop them from breeding by destroying warren systems, removing harbour and blocking them off from getting under your house or wood pile. These breeding areas need to be mapped so that they can be revisited later to check for reinvasion. Successful rabbit control is a long term commitment, there is no quick fix and it requires a sustained effort.
 

How to get involved

 
Are you interested in joining or starting a local rabbit action group in your local area on Phillip Island? To find out more, contact Robbie.gray@basscoastlandcare.org.au
 
Use your mobile phone to map rabbit problem sites 

Start recording rabbit activity now!

 
 

Latest news

 
We will produce a regular newsletter that will be accessible from here. Please check back soon to read the latest Newsletter.

Next event - Thursday September 1

 
Come along to the next rabbit control meeting on Thursday 1st September at Rhyll Mechanics Institute - Find out more, contact Robbie Gray (BCLN Pest Animal Coodinator) on Mob. 0448 386 724. E-mail Robbie.gray@basscoastlandcare.org.au

Useful links for Phillip Island

 
 
 
 
 
 

How to use RabbitScan - Download the information pack.

 
RabbitScan fact sheet (PDF)
             
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How to use the App (PDF)

 

Youtube tutorial (available soon)

 

 
 
 
 

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