The Shoalhaven Fox Control Program is holding a field day at Wandandian on Saturday, September 12, to assist landholders with fox and wild dog control.
Local experts will be on hand to talk to interested property owners and locals about how they can assist in controlling fox numbers in the Wandandian, Tomerong and Sussex Inlet areas.
The Shoalhaven Fox Control Program was initiated by the Shoalhaven Landcare Association in response to seeing the devastation foxes cause, and the need to find a cost-effective way of controlling them using local volunteers.
Since 2018, the program has trapped, shot or baited more than 1000 foxes in the Shoalhaven local government area.
Beginning in the northern Shoalhaven, the program is now expanding southward and is looking for interested locals to be involved.
"The key to the success of the program is engaging landowners and volunteers in new areas of the Shoalhaven, providing the required training free of charge and linking them up through our program," said project leader Peter Jirgens.
"Volunteers only need a couple of hours spare each week, and no prior experience is required as training will be provided.
"Foxes have been identified as the highest predatory threat to our native wildlife, and it is crucial that we get a coordinated control program happening, especially in areas where the bushland is recovering from the recent bushfires."
Since their introduction 160 years ago, foxes have become Australia's number one introduced predator and have contributed to the extinction of many species of birds and small mammals.
The CSIRO estimate that over a million native animals are killed every night in Australia by foxes and feral cats.
Acting Senior Biosecurity Officer from South East Local Land Services Evelyn Osborne said a coordinated control program is crucial to effectively deal with fox and wild dog predation on livestock and wildlife in areas such as Wandandian.
The field day will be a chance for property owners and locals to hear from experts who will demonstrate the latest control techniques including baiting, operation of cage trapping and setting up remote sensor cameras.
It's also a chance to speak with experienced people about what they have done and what has worked well, and to meet like-minded people.
The field day will be held at the Wandandian Hall (Princess Highway, opposite Wandean Road, Wandandian) on Saturday, September 12 starting at 10am and wrapping up at 12:30pm.
The event will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions with limited numbers allowed in the hall.
To book, follow the links from the Shoalhaven Landcare Association website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings close at close of business on Wednesday, September 9.
For further information contact Peter Jirgens on 0488 460 011.