Pest exclusion fencing program

Published: June 2019
Last edited: June 2019

While landscape based pest management programs reduce pest animals numbers, they often leave sufficient animals in the landscape to cause significant and ongoing adverse impacts. Targeted high conservation value spring wetlands have been fenced to exclude pest animals while allowing native species access to the wetlands. Two types of fencing techniques were trialled, one larger area which enclosed the spring and wetland area, and one smaller area that allowed the ‘tail end’ of the spring to flow outside the spring and wetland area

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Classifications

Category
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Subnational
Phase of solution
Implementation

Enabling factors

  • Appropriate objectives that work towards park management goals.
  • Resources (time and funding) for the installation and maintenance of fences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pest ecology.

Lessons learned

  • Fencing is a cost effective spring wetland management tool.
  • When used in combination with landscape pest control programs, fencing can achieve substantial and sustainable conservation outcomes.