Fox action: step 4

Monitor and evaluate the plan

Fox1Once your fox management plan is put into action it needs to be  monitored so you can evaluate its effectiveness and whether the  objectives were achieved. Monitoring can include taking measurements to detect and quantify changes in fox damage (eg a  reduction in lamb deaths, or an increase in wildlife populations), as  well as recording operational details such as what was done, when, for how long, and by whom.

Once completed the plan needs to be evaluated, and if objectives  were not achieved it is useful to know why not, so appropriate  modifications to the strategy can be applied. Useful questions to ask  when evaluating your plan include: how well did the plan work, what  features worked and why, what features didn’t work and why not, was the timeframe appropriate, were there cost overruns or savings, could money be better spent next time, what changes could be made  to make the plan work better?

You now have the information to modify your fox management plan  if required, and once this has been done, your improved plan can be  put into action and monitored again. The process can be repeated  until you are satisfied your fox management plan is the best it can be.

More information on fox management programs:

Guides to help develop a fox management plan:

  • Glovebox Guide for Managing Foxes - This glovebox guide is designed to provide current information on best practice fox management for land managers, pest animal officers and others involved in the management of foxes.
Last updated: December 2, 2014
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