15 May 2009

PEST ANIMALS: 'Rabbitscan' National Rabbit Threat Mapping and Awareness Campaign

The Rabbitscan Challenge is to record data about rabbits from at least 5000 sites across Australia that have rabbits (e.g. rabbits seen, evidence of rabbit dung and warrens identified) during May 2009. Your help is needed to find and record the data.

So far over 1500 people have registered and almost 850 surveys have been conducted using the RabbitScan Google Maps data capture tool - multiple sites are welcome to give a more accurate understanding of the presence or absence of rabbits and their impacts on your landscapes.

Landholders, Council Officers, Landcare group members, Regional Body bodies anyone who knows where rabbits live, should record all the rabbit spots in your district. More records are needed for rural areas as much of the data so far has come from urban areas.

Sightings can be recorded at the RabbitScan website, www.rabbitscan.net.au, or via SMS, simply SMS the following details to 0421 690 892:
  1. Rabbit numbers spotted (range from 0-10, 10-20, 20-30, 30-40 seen over a km walk or drive)
  2. Location/s of sighting/s an address or GPS point
  3. When seen (date)
  4. Senders name and phone number or email

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