Rabbit Control Program
Rabbits are cute and cuddly and make great pets, but unfortunately they are also one of Australia’s most destructive feral animals.
Feral rabbit populations are known to occur throughout the Camden LGA, particularly in the Spring Farm Bush Corridor. The rabbits have damaged significant native vegetation within the corridor, compete with native animals for food, and are also a nuisance to properties fronting the bushland on Bandara Circuit and Hampshire Boulevard.
The NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 lists rabbits as a declared pest and obliges land managers, including Council, to continually control and suppress rabbit populations on their land.
In 2018, trained Council staff undertook Pindone Baiting and warren destruction in two locations; the first being in the bush corridor near Bandara Circuit and the second area on Hampshire Boulevard near Richardson Road. Safety precautions were in place throughout the baiting project to ensure the safety of the community and non-target animals. Council will continue to monitor the rabbit population in Spring Farm, and throughout the LGA, and undertake control management methods as required. Residents in close proximity to any baiting sites will always be notified with information provided directly to letterboxes.
There are also things that residents can do to help control feral rabbits:
- House domestic rabbits in a secure cage or hutch to prevent escape;
- Desex and vaccinate your domestic rabbit against the rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) virus;
- Never release or dump your pet rabbit in bushland;
- Plant native vegetation to attract native animals;
- Where appropriate, fence the perimeter of your property to stop rabbits accessing your property;
- In some cases it may also be appropriate to place blood and bone around the property boundary as this discourages feral rabbits; and
- Do not feed feral rabbits. This can also attracts other vermin and may cause animal and human health risk.