“What a wonderful concept this is, teaching more and more people to teach, inspire and support others in the community about rabbit control.”
This was the feedback given by a VRAN learning network member, following the group’s most recent rabbit management ‘bootcamp’ program.
VRAN’s original learning network, ‘Leaps and Bounds’, has been meeting since 2015, catching up several times a year to share their experiences and work through challenges. At a recent meeting on the Bellarine Peninsula, members looked at opportunities to work with traditional owners on community rabbit programs and spoke with local Landcare volunteers and agencies about the challenge rabbits pose for conservation, tourism and cultural heritage.
Leaps and Bounds are now joined by two new networks, formed out of VRAN’s Euroa and Neds Corner rabbit management bootcamps.
The Euroa network visited French Island in April to meet with the local Landcare group working to rid the island of both rabbits and feral cats. The French Island community are using an integrated approach to manage rabbits, cats and weeds as part of the ‘Five Feral Cat-Free Islands’ program funded by the Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner. The group also visited The Briars on the Mornington Peninsula to learn about the complexities of rabbit management in a wildlife sanctuary.
The Neds Corner group will meet again later in 2019.
The VRAN bootcamps bring together volunteers and agency staff from across Victoria to learn how to tackle some of the big challenges in rabbit control, including working in culturally and environmentally sensitive environments, and managing effective partnerships across community and agencies. For more information on the program contact VRAN.