The effect of rabbit control and RHD on vegetation condition and grazing patterns of other herbivores in the semi-arid pastoral zone.

An experiment was begun during 1992 in the central Flinders Ranges to determine how the specific nature of rabbit grazing affected vegetation communities, what compensatory grazing occurred by sheep and kangaroos when rabbits were removed and whether pasture condition could improve without any additional controls on total grazing pressure. In late 1995, RHD reduced rabbit numbers on the site to about 15% of former levels, effectively ending the original experiment but providing an opportunity to assess the extent to which the virus reduced the impact of rabbits on environmental parameters.

Author The Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation, SA
Publisher The Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Con
Pages 1
Control method Biological Control
Region SA