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Australia’s oldest environmental problems


Rabbits were introduced into Australia near Geelong Victoria in 1859 and quickly spread into New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Rabbits have caused the destruction of large areas of natural and farming vegetation.

The loss of vegetation will cause soil erosion and the degradation of the top soil.


Foxes were introduced into Australia in the 1870s. By the late 1800s and early 1900s the spread of foxes coincided with the extinction of regional mammal species.

Over many years a lot of rural and semi rural land owners have reported the loss of their best laying chickens and or one of their best show birds.

Chris Patterson from
CPR Horticultural Services

Chris is a qualified and experienced horticulturist, bushland regenerator and vertebrate pest control officer and has seen firsthand on a number of occasions the expensive and devastating damage rabbits and foxes have caused.

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