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Map and monitor with RabbitScan

Stakeholders should be clear about what will be monitored during their program.

While the preceding steps cover what type of monitoring is to be done, there should also be discussion about exactly what information must be collected, and why. Some issues to consider before monitoring  begins include:

  • Who is the information for and how will they use it?
  • Who will gather the information?
  • Who will analyse the information?
  • What type of strategy will be put in place to ensure collected data  are promptly fed back (eg to landholders or agencies) in an appropriate and useful form?
RabbitScan is a free resource for landholders, community groups and pest controllers, to record and map rabbit activity, warrens, damage, and control activities in their local area. RabbitScan can also be used to record evidence of rabbit disease, such as RHDV.

Use RabbitScan to

  • record hot-spots of rabbit activity (such as rabbit warrens),
  • problems caused by rabbits (such as soil erosion), and
  • all your control efforts (such as warren destruction).

You can then use this information to plan and manage rabbits to reduce the problems they cause.

You can access RabbitScan via the website – www.rabbitscan.org.au or download the ‘FeralScan’ App and follow the rabbit prompts

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How to record:
  1. Register your Name, or simply record data using your email address.
  2. Record where you have seen feral pigs, evidence, damage, and control actions.
  3. Submit your record, and view it on the website.
  4. View other sightings in your local area.

Watch this short tutorial for further advice on how to effectively use RabbitScan

Once your rabbit 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 rabbit damage (eg a reduction in damage to crops or vegetation), as well as recording operational details such as what was done, when, for how long, and by whom.