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Rabbits in the spotlight

RHD-Boost project to control rabbits

Earlier this month ABC Landline featured a story on wild rabbits in Australia. The story covered the planned release of an additional strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV, also known as calicivirus) called K5 which is scheduled for release in autumn 2017.

Land holders were asked if they would like their property to be a release site for RHDV K5 virus. Registrations are open for community groups and landholders to nominate local areas as official sites for the release of the virus. Expressions of Interest can be received up until 31 May 2016, so don’t miss out – register NOW!  To register your interest, learn more about the release, or contact the project team, please visit the

PestSmart Rabbit web-page http://www.pestsmart.org.au/get-involved-as-a-monitoring-site/

or contact

Emma Sawyers (Rabbit Site Coordinator) at E-mail emma.sawyers@dpi.nsw.gov.au


RabbitScan will become a valuable tool as part of the RHDV K5 release, and you are encouraged to start recording information about rabbits in your local area now, before the virus is released. For mobile phone users, RabbitScan can be installed as an App onto your phone free-of-charge for monitoring rabbit numbers before-and-after the virus release. Download the App from the AppStore and Google Play or visit  www.rabbitscan.org.au to find out more.

Download from AppStore – click here.
Download from Google play – click here.

If you would like to know more or need some assistance, please contact the FeralScan Project Coordinator,  Peter West (Invasive Animals CRC) email peter.west@invasiveanimals.com

Information courtesy of Debbi Delaney Senior Environmental Officer Great Lakes Council

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