Evaluate and modify your fox control plan

Once 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.