One person drives a vehicle while another operates the spotlight and counts the animals. Rabbits are counted at night with the aid of a handheld spotlight, from a slow-moving vehicle over a fixed route. Two counts on two consecutive evenings are needed to obtain reliable estimates of population changes. Record the number of animals sighted within a fixed distance (100-200 metres) either side of the road at 0.5-kilometre intervals.
PROS AND CONS
Spotlight surveys can identify rabbit presence and monitor effectiveness of control programs over time and is considered a reliable technique of monitoring rabbits. However, not all rabbit activity will be observed.
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Cultural Heritage Awareness
Landholders must be careful to avoid further damage to the environment (including waterways) and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites when using machinery. Be aware of your legal obligations and obtain the necessary permits. Aboriginal Cultural Heritage may be found during works at any time, at any place. If suspected heritage is discovered, work is to cease and a Preliminary Report Form must be completed and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unsure, seek advice from Agriculture Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, First Peoples – State Relations (formerly Aboriginal Victoria) or your local council.
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