CONSERVATION IN ACTION - RESEARCH TO REALITY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK IN BATHURST The inaugural Conservation in Action Conference has put real world conservation and environmental efforts in the spotlight in Bathurst this week. Native birds, quolls, cat control, habitat fragmentation, threatened fish, and re-connecting farmland to restore biodiversity, are just a few of the big issues on the agenda across the two days of the conference. Presentations have gone far beyond dry academic theory to highlight how the research connects with reality across a diverse range of fascinating real world projects making a positive difference in our landscape. One of the many practical, grassroots projects that attracted strong interest on day one, was a feral cat control study conducted by Local Land Services at the Glen Davis tip. Feral pest control expert Phil Barnes was contracted to remove a large resident population of cats from the tip site in 2016, and he reports the results have been very promising. “We very quickly saw an increase in possums, native antechinus, goannas and owls moving into the area once the cats were removed,” he said. “Culling at the tip was an easy target, with such a large centralised population in a very accessible site, and it’s already making a significant difference to biodiversity in the surrounding areas.” At the other end of the research to reality spectrum, Griffith University emeritus professor Dr Ian Lowe, one of the country’s most respected environmental scientists, gave an overview of research in environmental science across Australia. According to Dr Lowe, the key to protecting any individual species is focusing on habitat, connectivity, and predator control. “You can’t ensure the survival of any one species without protecting the habitat it lives in, controlling predation, and creating connectivity so that species can move through the landscape in response to environmental pressures.” “We often like to look for a simple answer to environmental problems, but complex systems need complex solutions and we need to be prepared to constantly adapt to new research and knowledge.” Bringing together such a diverse range of researchers, funding agency representatives, and grassroots players who are carrying out natural resource management work on the ground, is one of the major successes of the Conservation in Action Conference. “A conference like this creates opportunities to discover people doing great things in environmental conservation and rehabilitation, said Conference Steering Committee Co-Chair Colleen Farrow, from Central Tablelands Local Land Services. “That interaction can lead to opportunities to partner with new organisations, to build new ideas and knowledge, and make an even bigger difference out in the landscape,” The Conservation in Action conference has been organised and funded by the Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance, Central Tablelands Local Land Services, and Central Tablelands Landcare, with generous support from Bathurst Regional Council, SureGro TreeMax, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Skillset Environment, the NSW Environmental Trust, and funding partners National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW. For more information about the Conservation in Action: Research to Reality Conference 2018, contact Mick Callan at the Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance on 0400 968 201, or Colleen Farrow at Central Tablelands Local Land Services on 0438 867 249. ENDS Photo captions: CAPTION: Pest control contractor, Phil Barnes, and CT LLS officer, Pete Evans have been working on feral cat control at Glen Davis CAPTION: Emeritus professor, Ian Lowe, and Mick Callan from the Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance, at the Conservation in Action Conference in Bathurst.
Testing Filskis new portable pig trap.

A 3 stage Feral cat control program contracted for the Central Tablelands LLS was run over 3 sites resulting in 56 feral cats being removed. Native animals that were not previously seen at these sites are now being sited.
I am currently back at one of the 3 sites conducting a maintenance program. I have only seen and removed 1 adult cat and 2 younger cats after a 6 month break from the main program.

FILSKIS now has available our new CPE bait holders and CPE setting pliers.

A succesful trapping program with 14 caught in this trap

FILSKIS had a very successful year with controlling feral animals.
For one client alone we removed the following ,saving the land holder financial and environmental losses.
GOATS: 502
Pigs: 67
Foxes: 71
Rabbits: 23
Total: 663 feral animals removed

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