Feral herbivore control at Newhaven

Feral herbivore control at Newhaven

Feral camels are the only large feral herbivore on Newhaven that requires dedicated management and control. The population of feral horses and donkeys is effectively zero.  

Feral camels graze preferentially, threatening a number of native plants on Newhaven such as the Wild Plum (Santalum lanceolatum) and Supplejack (Ventilago viminalis). During drier periods herds of camels congregate at watering points grazing and heavily browse the surrounding vegetation. During these dry periods, camels consume valuable water resources that would otherwise be available to native fauna.

AWC’s camel control program involves annual ground-based and aerial culling programs. Between 2009 and 2013, our camel control was conducted in collaboration with the Federal Governments Feral Camel Management Project.

Rabbits are also a major threat to the health of the Newhaven ecosystem. The distribution of rabbits has been mapped and density is measured annually. Control measures include a combination of activities, including forced outbreaks of RHD (Rabbit Calicivirus) and strategic baiting programs.