Shoalhaven Landcare Association's fox control program is off to a roaring start, with 22 fox control stations up and running, resulting in 81 foxes being removed in the past seven weeks.
“We hadn't anticipated that we would have as much success so quickly,” said project coordinator Peter Jirgens.
“We think this is because the drought has reduced the amount of food available to foxes.
“We want to take advantage of this, and get additional fox control stations up and running in the project area.”
Project field office Henry Goodall said the group had great success with fox control stations along creek lines.
“We think it is because native wildlife are concentrating in these areas,” he said.
“Everyone is aware of the threat foxes pose to lambs and chickens but we are also keen to reduce the impact they have on native wildlife.”
The fox control program is a 12-month trial to determine the most cost effective way to control fox numbers.
Fox control stations, trapping and licensed shooters are engaged from Berry to Budgong, north of the Shoalhaven River and east to Shoalhaven Heads.
This project area adjoins the new Berry Wildlife Corridor and Seven Mile Beach National Park Shore Bird protection program.
Mr Jirgens said to date 10 landholders were involved in the program, with 22 stations operating.
“Our aim is to have 45 stations operating before November,” he said.
To achieve this the group needs more volunteers to be trained up to monitor the control stations.
If you would like to be involved in the project, contact Peter Jirgens at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0488 460011.