LP170101134 Integrating fire and predator management to conserve threatened species

  • Wintle, Brendan (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Driscoll, Don (Co Investigator/Chief Investigator B)
  • Woinarski, John (Chief Investigator C)
  • York, Alan (Chief Investigator D)

Project: Other

Project Details


The challenge
The two introduced predators – the red fox and domestic cat – have had, and continue to have, severe impacts on Australian biodiversity. Cats and foxes are recognised as Key Threatening Processes under Australia’s national environmental legislation. The impacts of both predators may interact and also be compounded by other threats, such as unfavourable fire regimes. There are formidable challenges to the management of both predators, in part due to uncertainty about the relative effectiveness of management options, and about the extent to which different land management practices influence predator control and conservation outcomes.
What we’re doing
We are using a combination of detailed field sampling and monitoring of predators, prey species and management actions with modelling to develop a set of decision support tools for managers, that can accurately predict the cost-effectiveness of varying predator control options, and hence can optimize conservation outcomes.
How it helps
Our targeted fieldwork will fill major knowledge gaps that currently constrain the effectiveness of management of introduced predators. Our development of decision support tools will allow managers to forecast the likely outcomes across a range of their management options, and hence allow them to select and justify management actions most likely to produce the best possible conservation outcomes.
Effective start/end date20/05/1919/05/22