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Field day discusses ripping warrens

A field day at the Eukey Hall, near Warwick, has outlined ways to control rabbit numbers.
A field day at the Eukey Hall, near Warwick, has outlined ways to control rabbit numbers. Contributed

GRANITE Belt landholders were given an insight into rabbit control and rabbits' impact on biodiversity and production at a field day last weekend.

The field day, hosted by Stanthorpe Landcare and the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee, was held at Eukey hall.

Staff members from Biosecurity Queensland, QMDC and Southern Downs Regional Council were on hand to discuss the impact rabbits have on production and the environment, and provide information about the incentives project being run in the area to help control rabbit populations.

Harley West, from Stanthorpe Landcare, said the only way to properly address the problem of rabbits was at a landscape scale.

"It involves working with your neighbours and council, all at the same time, to have a decent impact on the growing rabbit populations in the area as well as selecting your targets," Mr West said.

"Ripping warrens where the rabbits are breeding will have a bigger impact and be more cost effective than ripping every warren and burning every log pile you see."

Dr David Berman, from Biosecurity Queensland, has been working on rabbit control for many years.

He was able to answer many questions the landholders had on rabbits, their ecology and control.

Clinton Spencer, from SDRC, provided specific information on an incentives project to help landholders with recommended control options.

Another field day will be held at Eukey hall on Wednesday as a follow-up.

This field day will include visits to sites where various methods of ripping have taken place in the past.

For more details call Mr West on 0427 500 192.

Topics:  feral animal control rabbit control rabbits