Field Trips

A number of field trips are available at an additional cost to delegates pre and post the Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference with thanks to our Conference Partner

See the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) leadership in rabbit control in action

Date and Location

Monday 4 May 2020

Woodlands Historic Park, Victoria

(Meet your transport at Agriculture Victoria’s Attwood site, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood, which is 10 minutes’ drive from Tullamarine Airport, at 9am)

9am to 4:30pm

Cost is $100* per person (not included in registration fees)

*subject to change based on attendee numbers

Outcome

Are you looking to boost your rabbit management expertise? Do you currently manage a rabbit control program in your community or workplace? Are you keen to learn new skills, be inspired and collaborate with others for better rabbit control? Anyone involved in the management of rabbits on private or public land or interested in developing community-led action is welcome.

Description

The Granite Creeks Project Inc network has been running a community-led program since the mid 1990’s in their region. More recently, their work has been used as an example of effective community-led action in supporting the work of Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN). VRAN is a community pest management group established in 2014, to promote community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria.

We are hosting a conversation about the Granite Creeks Project Inc network at Woodlands Historic Park (to reduce the travel time to Gooram, home of the Granite Creek project), which offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Aboriginal community, the Woiworung people, as well as the early settlers of Melbourne.

Join us for a field visit and a facilitated discussion on-site on rabbit management.  At the same time, you can admire some unique and interesting hilltop views of the surrounding bushland, Melbourne’s airport and paddocks of kangaroos.

This site has a little of everything. It’s has a long history of rabbit management programs and the park hosts a rare example of an 1840’s ‘kit home’ (Woodlands Homestead) and contains examples of Aboriginal heritage such as scarred trees.

Hear from VRAN mentors, Neil Devanny and Tim Bloomfield, who are both recognised experts in rabbit management, community-led action and mentors for participants involved in the work of VRAN. You will also hear from Parks Victoria and Agriculture Victoria representatives who will provide insights and knowledge from their extensive experience across community, industry and government.

You will be invited to continue your networking while travelling back to Melbourne in time for the AVPC conference welcome drinks.

5 reasons to attend

  1. Hear from the best thinkers and leaders in Victoria on rabbit management
  2. Get refreshed and motivated to tackle the challenge of rabbit control
  3. See best practice rabbit management first-hand
  4. Meet people who work in the same field, increase your networks and resources
  5. Learn more about how you can be involved in making a difference in your community or organisation

Audience: Who should participate

Twenty places are available. Attendees are welcome from community members, volunteers and professionals interested in leading rabbit management, whether it be through a community or farming group, Landcare, government agency, Catchment Management Authority or another organisation with responsibilities in land management. It may also be useful for those who deal with other pest species, as they may be able to cherry pick principles and strategies that may suit their projects.

Transport

Please note that the field trip will involve transport by 4WD vehicles.

To join a vehicle, meet at Agriculture Victoria’s Attwood site, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood, which is 10 minutes’ drive from Tullamarine Airport.

What to bring

Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear, water bottle.

See how deer management is contributing to the recovery of the endangered and other significant fauna species

Date and Location

Monday 4 May 2020

Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, Victoria

(Meet your transport at Agriculture Victoria’s Attwood site, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood, which is 10 minutes’ drive from Tullamarine Airport at 9:15am.)

9:30am to 4pm

Cost is $100* per person (not included in registration fees)

*subject to change based on attendee numbers

Outcome

Are you looking to boost your deer management expertise? Do you currently manage a deer control program in your community or workplace? Are you keen to learn new skills, be inspired and collaborate with others for better deer control, and how this can contribute to the recovery of Helmeted Honeyeater, Leadbeater’s Possum and other significant faunal species? Anyone involved in the management of deer, particularly for conservation benefits is welcome.

Description

Join us for a field visit and hear from the team at Parks Victoria about Victoria’s deer control approaches. Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve has active deer control, great research, Zoos Victoria linkages and a number of deer exclusion fences protecting different areas with coordinated removal of deer and other pest animals for conservation benefits.

On the way to Yellingbo you’ll learn about Parks Victoria’s statewide approach to deer management. Once at the reserve, local rangers will fill you in on what they are achieving, and you can visit a deer exclusion area. We will also invite the Friends of Helmeted Honeyeater to present to us. They are on site daily and can provide on ground knowledge about the changes to the reserve over time due to deer and the effectiveness of the deer fencing and deer control programs.

You’ll also hear about Parks Victoria’s latest proposal to create a new public park nearby at Haining Farm. This ex dairy farm is being transformed, with habitat for endangered native species and a deer exclusion fence constructed around the entire conservation area.

3 reasons to attend

  1. Hear from the best thinkers and leaders in Victoria on deer management
  2. Get refreshed and motivated to tackle the challenge of deer control
  3. Meet people who work in the same field, increase your networks and resources

Audience: Who should participate

Twenty places available. Attendees are welcome from professionals interested in deer management.

Transport

Transport will be by bus to Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.
Meet at Agriculture Victoria’s Attwood site, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood, which is 10 minutes’ drive from Tullamarine Airport at 9:15am to meet the bus.
Following the field trip, attendees will be dropped off at the AVPC venue, the Sofitel on Collins in Melb CBD.

What to bring

Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear, water bottle

See how fox eradication and pest management is enabling conservation on Phillip Island

Date and Location

Phillip Island, Victoria

5 pm Thursday 7 May 2020 returning 6 pm Friday 8 May 2020 (with an option to remain on Phillip Island)

Cost is $350* per person (not included in registration fees)

*subject to change based on attendee numbers

Outcome

Want to see island conservation in action? Do you currently manage foxes, feral cats or rabbits?  Are you keen to learn new skills, be inspired and collaborate with others to control the impacts of foxes, feral cats and rabbits for the benefit of threatened species? Anyone involved in the management of foxes, feral cats or rabbits, particularly for the benefit of biodiversity, is welcome.

Description

Join the teams at the Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Landcare Network directly after the AVPC for an overnight stay on Phillip Island where we’ll explore sites to share results, learnings and future ambitions.  Come and experience broad-scale wildlife management on Phillip Island where a long-term campaign has recently achieved the complete eradication of foxes, a globally significant achievement, and now opens the way for the recovery of threatened species on this island haven.

On the night you arrive, you’ll get to see Eastern Barred Bandicoots on a night-time spotlighting walk.  This Critically Endangered species was translocated to Churchill Island in 2015 and Phillip Island in 2017. This species is now flourishing in the absence of fox predation.  Plans for the reintroduction of other threatened species are now underway.

We’ll follow this up the following day with demonstrations of our team of fox detection dogs, a behind the scenes look at penguin conservation, and a field visit to the Ramsar coastline to discuss management of feral cats and rabbits. Together, Phillip Island Nature Parks Bass Coast Landcare Network and Bass Coast Shire Council are working towards more effective landscape-scale rabbit control through facilitation, coordination, and community involvement. Research is also underway to assess the impacts of feral cats on biodiversity through predation and disease and to maximise the efficacy of control.  Hear how these programs have contributed to biodiversity conservation on this island haven.

Reasons to attend

  1. Hear from the team that have successfully eradicated foxes from Phillip Island
  2. See detection dogs in action and meet leading practitioners
  3. Experience Eastern Barred Bandicoots in the wild and learn their story of recovery
  4. Meet people who work in the same field, increase your networks and resources

Audience

Twenty positions are available, and all attendees are welcome who have an interest in the conservation benefits of vertebrate pest management.

Detailed Program:
(changes may occur

Thursday 7 May 2020

5:15 pm Depart Sofitel Hotel Melbourne

7:00 pm Arrive at accommodation for check-in

7:30 pm Depart accommodation

7:45 pm Arrive at Westernport Hotel, San Remo

Dinner (at own cost)

8:50 pm Depart San Remo

9:00 pm Arrive Churchill Island

Bandicoot prowl

Come on a spotlighting walk to see the Critically Endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots on Churchill Island with the team managing their recovery. Observe these “ecological engineers” at work (DS/TN).

10 pm Return to accommodation

Friday 8 May 2020

Free time and check-out

10 am Depart accommodation

10:30 am Arrival at Penguin Parade Visitors Centre

Penguin conservation walk and talk (1 h)

Come and see behind the scenes at the Penguin Parade to learn about the conservation of Little Penguins and how tourism of penguins supports the conservation of biodiversity on Phillip Island.

Also hear about how an entire town on the Summerland Peninsula was bought back and the habitat restored for the benefit of penguins and other wildlife.

Detection Dog demonstration (Summerland Estate; 1 h)

Meet our fox detection dogs and handler for a demonstration.  See how they have enabled us to free Phillip Island of foxes and protect it from reinvasion. We also anticipate the arrival of our next generation of Detection Dogs that will help eradicate feral cats from Phillip Island.

12:30 pm Shearwater Restaurant, Penguin Parade Visitors Centre

Lunch

2 pm Depart Penguin Parade Visitors Centre

2:15pm Arrive Conservation Hill

Rabbit control on Phillip Island: working across boundaries

A walk and talk along the Ramsar coastline including local farmland to discuss effective rabbit control across multiple tenures. Option here to continue talk about feral cat research and management

3:30 pm Conservation Hill

Afternoon tea

4 pm Bus to Melbourne CBD (optional)

6 pm Arrive Sofitel Hotel

Optional – extend your stay on Phillip Island                                                                                                                   

Participants can stay on Phillip Island to see the Penguin Parade (general admission included) on the night of Friday 8 May 2020.

Those Participants who do stay on, need to find their own way back to Melbourne (public transport options are available), or accommodation can be extended (at Participants’ own expense).

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Location/s

Phillip Island (Summerland Peninsula, Ramsar coastline), Churchill Island

Group size: Maximum 20 attendees

Costs: $350 per person (hotel dinner on 7 May not included)

Transportation: bus charter from/ to Melbourne CBD

Lunch – Delaware North lunch (included)

Dinner Thursday evening – local hotel at your own cost

Accommodation: Ramada / Silverwater Resort

What to bring: Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear, head-torch and drink bottle.