43km feral-proof fence at Mt Gibson at "lock up" stage

43km feral-proof fence at Mt Gibson at "lock up" stage
Sanctuary
Mt Gibson
Field Program
Feral cat and fox control

May 2014: The 43km feral-proof fence at Mt Gibson is near completion, with all upper netting installed and the lower vertical netting and skirt netting in progress. While the recent rain has slowed down the netting installation, it has also enabled us to assess the effectiveness and reliability of the fence in the five watercourses that the fence traverses. Over the next month, seven gates will be constructed and fitted to the fence, taking the fence to “lock up” stage.

Preparations are underway for feral control activities which will enter their next phase after the fence is completed. Our Sanctuary Manager, Rob Lennard, and the Feral Animal Control team have been building traps and planning their assault on the feral cats, foxes and rabbits that currently inhabit the 7,800 hectares of woodland enclosed by the fence.  Our aim is to have the area feral-free before the end of summer.  

Read more about the Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project.

- See more at: http://australianwildlife.org/field-updates/2014/43km-feral-proof-fence-at-mt-gibson-near-completion.aspx#sthash.nLXXlNyW.dpuf

43km Feral -proof Fence At Mt Gibson - N Staniford - Copyright AWC DSCN1634June 2014: Construction of the 43km feral-proof fence at Mt Gibson has been completed. The specially designed six foot high fence required:

  • 86 strainer post assemblies
  • 4,320 intermediate posts
  • 216 kilometres of plain wire
  • 43 kilometres of 1,800mm netting
  • 129 kilometres of 900mm netting
  • 32,240 individual ties
  • 8,640 insultors and insulator standoffs

With the feral-proof fence completed, the project enters the next phase: feral eradication. Our Sanctuary Manager, Rob Lennard, and the Feral Animal Control team have been building traps and planning their assault on the feral cats, foxes and rabbits that currently inhabit the 7,800 hectares of woodland enclosed by the fence.  Our aim is to have the area feral-free before the end of summer.  

Read more about the Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project.

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