Late spring weather to aid rabbit control on EP

Late spring weather to aid rabbit control on EP

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LATE spring weather has created a good opportunity for a strategic approach to rabbit control on the Eyre Peninsula, according to EP Landscape Board landscape officer Ben Tucker.

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LATE spring weather has created a good opportunity for a strategic approach to rabbit control on the Eyre Peninsula, according to EP Landscape Board landscape officer Ben Tucker.

"With the warmer days rolling in as we approach summer, we will see a drying of vegetation and reduction in available green feed for rabbits," he said.

"This reduction is critical to the success of rabbit baiting programs as the more green feed there is available, the less likely rabbits are to investigate bait trails.

"The advantage that the delay in warm weather has provided is that we have been able to delay the release of RHDV1-K5 (Calicivirus), which leaves a smaller window of time for rabbit numbers to build back up before follow-up controls are implemented during summer."

Mr Tucker said that even small numbers of rabbit were worth controlling.

"Their biggest weapon is their ability to successfully breed, meaning a small number can turn into a large number very quickly," he said.

"We encourage everyone to speak to their neighbours and coordinate rabbit control measures with them.

"A coordinated program across a larger area, significantly increases your chances of long-term success."

Landholders can contact the EP Landscape Board about an appropriate approach to rabbit control for their property.

"Together we can work towards significantly reducing rabbit impacts on the Eyre Peninsula but it starts with a conversation and a willingness to have a go," Mr Tucker said.

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