Landholders attended training hosted at Wedderburn Christian Camp on 18 May to learn safe methods for fox trapping and the benefits of working together in the Wedderburn Fox Control Group (WFCG).
More than 20 landholders, land managers and Council staff turned out to learn from Mark Lamb the nuts and bolts of how to trap foxes using humane methods.
Greater Sydney Local Land Services officer Dr Alison Towerton said the day was a great success that will help the landholders implement a landscape scale control campaign in the Wedderburn area.
Coordinated by Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with Campbelltown City Council, Barragal Landcare Group and local landholders, the campaign adopts a coordinated, landscaped approach to fox management targeting sites in Wedderburn, Menangle, Picton and Camden.
Wedderburn Christian Campsite’s Paul Muilwyk said they had joined the group in response to ongoing issues with foxes on the 55 ha property.
“We see them all the time,” he said. “We are concerned about the impact they could have on the local koala population as well as other native animals and the local environment and they regularly harass and attack our chickens.”
Mr Muilwyk said they had managed to trap and remove four foxes to date with the support of Greater Sydney Local Land Services and council experts.
“Having that expert advice to call on has directly resulted in the removal of these foxes,” he said. “We know this issue is affecting most landholders in this area and we would encourage anyone impacted to get involved in the group.”
Foxes pose a serious threat to native vegetation, domestic pets and livestock, causing over $227 million agricultural damage a year in Australia.
Landholders joining the WFCG are able to contact Brendon Levot to undertake monitoring of foxes on their property.
The next meeting of the group is scheduled in spring so check Councils website closer to September for details of how to sign up.
Alternatively If you are interested in becoming involved with the WFCG you can contact them by email: email@example.com