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Upper Lachlan Landcare is partnering with Local Land Services Biosecurity Officers to support landholders to effectively manage pest animals on their property.

Pest animals have an impact on stock, but also a significant impact on the native fauna, spread disease and can case erosion. Pest animal management is everyones responsibility.

 

Tips for Effective Fox Control in Upper Lachlan

Effective fox control is best achieved by using a combination of measures. And by working together across a landscape, involving the whole community, rather than just on individual properties.

 

Keep Records

  • Assess the number of foxes on your property by spotlighting. Use actual sightings or eyeshine. And/or use sensor cameras.
  • Record number and location of any foxes you shoot.
  • Record lambing percentages and seasonal conditions from year to year.
  • This will help establish a benchmark and something to monitor the success of your control program against.

 

Indirect Control

  • Remove animal carcasses to prevent scavenging
  • Control rabbits on your property as they form a large part of the fox’s diet
  • Control blackberry and other woody weeds that could harbour foxes
  • Tidy rubbish piles and store hay, wood etc so as not to create hiding places for foxes
  • Fence off underneath of buildings, water tanks and other areas foxes may hide.

 

Shooting

  • Shooting can be used year-round, but for best results, should not be used while baiting is in progress.
  • Shooting will quickly make foxes wary and can make estimating fox numbers more difficult.
  • Shooting in late summer and early autumn can successfully remove many young, naive foxes.

 

Effective Baiting

  • Use the information you have gained from monitoring to target your control effort.
  • Target baiting to areas favourable to fox movement including vehicle tracks, fence and creek lines, ridges, contour banks, vegetation borders and watering points (allowing for Distance Restrictions).
  • The use of free feeds prior to poisoning in target areas, as pre-determined by your spotlight assessment, can help establish a feeding pattern and enable more targeted bait uptake.
  • Record bait locations and bait take. Use markers, such as tape at bait sites. Consider the use of cameras to monitor bait take.
  • Good results can be achieved with an occasional “pulse” baiting pattern. Bait for 1 to 2 months, followed by 1 to 3 months of baits being removed.
  • To avoid caching (foxes removing baits and burying them elsewhere for later consumption) do not continue to replace poison baits over an extended period of time. Considering changing bait location and/or “pulse” baiting.
  • Whilst baiting can occur year-round, also considering timing your baiting to reduce the fox population before the peak of their impact. For example, bait foxes 6 to 8 weeks prior to lambing and continue baiting until first lambs are dropped.

 

  • Critical stages of the fox’s lifecycle that can be targeted with baiting include;
    • February, March and April when naïve juveniles with high energy demands are dispersing
    • May, prior to mating when territories are established and the population is stable
    • July and October when fox numbers are at their lowest and before pregnant vixens give birth
    • November when foxes are feeding to satisfy high energy demands

 

It is important to continue monitoring and recording all your fox sightings and control measures. These records will become an important, ongoing reference point.

Fox populations are very resilient to conventional methods of control and will rebound quickly. Fox control needs to become a regular and ongoing component of your property management activities.

The larger the area baited, the longer it takes for foxes to infiltrate and re-establish in the core area you wish to protect. Speak to your neighbours and invite them to join a coordinated fox control program.

 

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Upper Lachlan Landcare recognises the important role the next generation holds in caring for our landscape.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”

We want to support and encourage our younger generations as they learn about the environment and their role in caring for it.

We have a variety of pathways to connect with school aged students, including;

  • Community and school Tree Planting Days
  • Primary School student engagement project – 2020 theme is growing trees!
  • School Holiday Activities in partnership with Upper Lachlan Shire Library, Gunning District Landcare, Crookwell CWA Evening Branch and Gullen Range Wind Farm
  • Topical School Talks/Visits

Upper Lachlan Landcare believes by fostering a respect and love for our natural environment, we increase our community’s capacity to care for our landscape in the longer term.

 

Want to Get Active Now?

Below we have some simple activities you can get busy with anytime!

Explore Your Local Bushland – this activity gets you out into a patch of local bush or even your own backyard. Explore and record what you see. As you return to your site and/or visit new sites, you will build your bank of knowledge about the wide and exciting variety of creatures who live all around us!

Getting to Know our Threatened Local Species – Southern Tablelands Arts have put together some beautiful information pages on some of our precious creatures who are currently under threat due to habitat loss, predation by feral animals, or both! They have also designed a fun activity to make your own kite. Click on the links below to learn more!

Superb Parrot

Glossy Black Cockatoo

Golden Sun Moth

Squirrel Glider

Southern Pygmy Perch

Green Bell Frog

 

How to Make a Kite:

 

Upper Lachlan Landcare is excited to be one of 8 partner organisations in the Saving Our Superb Parrot Habitat Restoration Project. This project is funded by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Saving Our Species (SoS) program, and partners with Boorowa Community Landcare, Hovells Creek Landcare, Lachlandcare, Mid Lachlan Landcare, Cowra Woodland Birds and Greening Australia.

Through this project, funding has been made available for landholders to protect living and dead large hollow-bearing eucalypt trees that provide nest sites for superb parrots. Funding has also supported planting new paddock trees and shrubs and restoring woodlands to increase future habitat and landscape connectivity for superb parrots and many other threatened woodland fauna species. In Upper Lachlan, funding has been provided to plant over 1000 individual paddock trees.

Funding through this project also enables Upper Lachlan Landcare to host information workshops and field days, sharing the delights of Superb Parrots with our community. Keep an eye out for our Spring time workshops, which coincide with migration of Superb Parrots back into our district for breeding.

The beautiful superb parrot is a much-loved threatened woodland bird. Their stunning foliage, distinct 'krak-karrark' sound and graceful flight makes them a delightful sight across our landscape. They are a distinctive large, bright grass-green parrot with a long, narrow tail and sharply back-angled wings in flight. Males have yellow foreheads and throats and a red crescent that separates the throat from the green breast and belly. Females are slightly duller green and have a dull, light blue wash in place of the males' red and yellow markings.

Superb Parrot country extends throughout eastern inland NSW, and with changing climatic conditions we can expect some further movement of their range to the east including the Upper Lachlan Landcare area.

This community-based project adds to the work already being done by farmers and Landcare groups who have planted hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs in paddocks, along fence lines and creeks and rivers.