Monitor and evaluate
Once your rabbit management plan is put into action it needs to be monitored so you can evaluate its effectiveness and whether the objectives were achieved. Monitoring can include taking measurements to detect and quantify changes in rabbit damage (eg a reduction in damage to crops or vegetation), as well as recording operational details such as what was done, when, for how long, and by whom.
Once completed the plan needs to be evaluated, and if objectives were not achieved it is useful to know why not, so appropriate modifications to the strategy can be applied. Useful questions to ask when evaluating your plan include: how well did the plan work, what features worked and why, what features didn’t work and why not, was the timeframe appropriate, were there cost overruns or savings, could money be better spent next time, what changes could be made to make the plan work better?
You now have the information to modify your rabbit management plan if required, and once this has been done, your improved plan can be put into action and monitored again. The process can be repeated until you are satisfied your fox management plan is the best it can be.
Guides to help develop a rabbit management plan:
- Victorian Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative - Supports community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria
- Planning a strategic approach to pest animal management - Pest management plans should be based on the following steps
- Planning landscape-scale rabbit control - Covers important factors to consider in developing community-based rabbit control programs within the framework of natural resource management boards and their equivalents
- Glovebox Guide for Managing Rabbits - Current information on best practice rabbit management for land managers, pest animal officers and others involved in the management of rabbits
- Rabbits: a threat to conservation and natural resource management - Quick assessment method to help you decide if rabbits are a problem and what action you need to take