Rabbit monitoring

The Rowsley rabbit monitoring transect has been monitored for a couple of decades by Agriculture Victoria and its various predecessors. In 2017 the department decided to apply its resources elsewhere.

Given that there are very few datasets of this kind, especially of this longevity, Moorabool Landcare Network has decided to continue the monitoring. It provides a valuable insight into the landscape scale implications of land management techniques over time, and can help us better understand our landscape and tailor our projects.

The transect runs for 12 km across several properties. A spotlight count is undertaken twice a year in April and November, over two consecutive nights each time.

a notable finding is that the impact of baiting alone is quite short lived, whereas coordinated ripping as the basis for ongoing control drives the numbers much lower for much longer.