Manage the impact of declared pest species so that they have minimal impact on the agricultural industry, landscapes and biodiversity values within the Ravensthorpe Shire.
Assist and encourage a consistent, integrated and cooperative approach to the management of declared priority pest species across all land types within the Ravensthorpe Shire.
Feral Cats are Declared Pest species in WA. In our recent SBG Annual survey, Feral Cats were identified as a concern for landholders in the Shire of Ravensthorpe. They are certainly priority culprits in managing the survival of Australia's Threatened fauna.
The Albany and Surrounds Feral Cat Working Group have been working together for some time now.
They are finalising a Cat Education brochure which we will ensure is on the SBG website www.southernbiosecuritygroup.org.au as soon as available. We're also partnering with RAIN and the Shire on feral cat management through out the Federal drought funding.
Researchers from RMIT University are looking for volunteers to participate in a survey that asks questions about feral cat management in Australia. The information collected will help to generate a better understanding of feral cat management across the nation, including how to make improvements.
Please take the time to complete to make sure government understands what is happening with feral cats and that more needs to be done - especially in areas like Ravensthorpe and surrounding shires where there is still wonderful wildlife and iconic species such as Mallee Fowl present.
The online survey is voluntary and anonymous and should take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
What are your priority declared species for control? If you've got ideas for what declared species the group should be focusing on, then please take five minutes and complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QR69NKJ. Results from the survey are used to inform the Operational Plan and guides implementation of the Declared Pest Rate.
In July/August 2019 a priority survey was developed to gain input from community on priorities for the 2020/21 Operational Plan. The results can be found here. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
In order to keep Western Australian Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) that manage wild dogs updated on the activities happening under the Wild Dog Action Plan, a quarterly update will be emailed out. There were significant delays in some projects due to COVID19. This is the second instalment.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advises that essential baiting programs using 1080 are carried out all year round across the state. While these programs are aimed at controlling wild dogs, foxes, feral cats, feral pigs and rabbits, they do pose a risk to domestic dogs.
As of 9 September 2020, there have been 18 confirmed detection's of Russian wheat aphid (RWA) in the Esperance region. See here for the full update.
Unfortunately Bridal Creeper now poses one of the biggest threats to our precious local species across most of Southern Australia and is recognised as a weed of national significance. You can read more here.
RAIN has just completed a report on their release of the autumn rabbit virus. You can read more here.