Foxes are an introduced predator that takes a massive toll on our native and migratory waterbird populations. Control of fox populations is vital to ensure safe habitats for the waterbirds of the Gippsland Lakes.
Many waterbirds spend most of their time feeding on the ground, with some species also nesting on the ground, making them highly susceptible to predation.
This project will reduce fox numbers and protect these extremely vulnerable water birds.
Other fauna that will benefit from the reduction in fox predation include threatened and endangered species:
Habitat for the EPBC listed nationally endangered New Holland Mouse is also present at the reserve and remote cameras will be set up to determine if the mouse is present.
Landholders in the project area will be encouraged to undertake ongoing and concurrent fox control through shooting or baiting.
Landholders outside of the project area will be given second priority for incentives but can also apply and participation is encouraged.
The more landholders involved the greater the impact on the fox population.
This project is funded by the Victorian State Government for the Gippsland Lakes.