Rabbit R&D Webinar, 2024

For the latest information on rabbit control research and best practice rabbit control, register for the 2024 Rabbit R&D Webinar. The Webinar will also cover research showing how rabbits are still harming the environment. Co-hosted by Rabbit-Free Australia and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) the free two hour Webinar will bring together leading […]

Rabbit Control. More than a ‘silver bullet’.

Effective rabbit control requires the planned integration of different control techniques, but a recent paper in the Journal of Pest Science by Taggart et al concluded that ‘Land managers view RHDV as a ‘silver bullet’ and release it to avoid applying more expensive but more effective control methods’. This conclusion was reached after the authors […]

National Rabbit Coordinator: Discussion Paper

Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia has released a Discussion Paper outlining the case for a National Rabbit Management Coordinator, following broad consultation and in response to regulalry seeing first hand the need for such a position. A National Rabbit Coordinator would be expected to reinvigorate interest in rabbit control, promote relevant training, and stimulate the provision of […]

Backyard Bunnies

Rabbits seem to be a growing problem in urban and peri-urban areas around Australia. They cause problems ranging from raiding the veggie patch to undermining houses and sheds, and they can cause significant stress for the people affected. It is not just the physical damage they inflict but also the personal stress of having to […]

Rabbit resistance to myxo

A recent analysis shows that wild rabbits in Australia developed resistance to myxomavirus in a stepped manner, with the second step likely triggered by the introduction of European rabbit fleas. It poses the question of whether further changes in resistance occurred following the advent of RHDV and RHDV2, but no such studies have been undertaken […]

Feral cats, rabbits and native mice. Connections.

An entertaining Blog by ecologist John Read reveals the dedication of researchers, sheds light on how rabbits sustain feral cats and foxes resulting in hyper-predation of native fauna, and shows how tricky it can be to understand why species are where they are. Follow the link to read John’s Blog, ‘Sharing the secret. Better than […]

Heatwaves: How rabbits respond

A future climate with more heatwaves could leave rabbits more exposed to heat stress and predators – that’s one of the insights from a recent study at Arid Recovery’s wildlife reserve in South Australia. Monitoring collars were fitted to rabbits and bilbies in the reserve to record their location and activity, and the temperature and […]

Its Membership time

Want to help promote research into better rabbit management and stay up to date with news of the latest developments in rabbit control? Then now is the time to Join Us as a Member at Rabbit-Free Australia. As a member, you will receive regular newsletters with the latest rabbit and rabbit-research related news. You’ll also […]

Planning pays for rabbit control

Effective planning is one of the keys to effective rabbit control – and now is a great time to start planning a summer control program. A case study from Riverina Local Land Services (NSW) shows the benefit of sound planning at a district scale (mapping warrens and arranging the most suitable machinery to use in […]

Post-calici: Rabbits still a problem

Grazing by rabbits, even at post-calici densities, can still inhibit the recruitment of palatable plant species and result in more weeds like horehound; that is one of the findings of a recent project from PhD candidate Neil Ross (UNSW). Neil studied 15 long-term grazing exclosures in the NSW and SA rangelands to understand the impact […]