THE SILENT KILLERS – RAPTORS AND RODENTICIDE Rat baits work by accumulating poison in the body of rats and mice until it reaches lethal levels. In the meantime, the rodents continue to move around, until they become immobilised in an open area and may be preyed upon by pets and wildlife. The poison then accumulates in the predators and slowly kills them too, hence The Silent Killer. Most people don’t know that there are a number of different types of rat baits, and that some are far more dangerous to wildlife than others. ‘Second generation anticoagulant rodenticides’ (SGARs) are extremely dangerous because they remain in the bodies of poisoned rats for a long time, which increases the likelihood that they will be eaten by Owls and other predators. SGARs are also more dangerous to pets and humans. In fact, SGARs are already banned or regulated in many other countries because of this, despite being freely available in our local supermarkets. Scientific studies in Australia have already found these poisons in dead wildlife so the time to act is now!; What can you do? Use traps rather than baits. Both lethal and non-lethal traps are available. Deter rats by cleaning up food scraps, blocking holes, destroying nests and removing safe harbour around your property as much as is practical. Use only the less harmful baits containing coumatetralyl or warfarin and carefully follow package instructions. Store and place baits so that wildlife and children can’t reach them. If you can’t find the safer baits at your local shop, ask the manager to stock them and make them aware of this campaign. DO NOT USE rat baits that contain any of these active ingredients: difenacoum, brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone. ; SUPPORT OUR WORK Please donate now or purchase our merchandise – available in our shop All proceeds go towards helping conserve Australian Wildlife. Supported by Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation and the Awesome Foundation
The owners of this property grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, and enjoyed playing in the bush. Having seen how the Peninsula’s environment has degraded in many areas over time, they wanted to help conserve what is left for themselves and future generations. HRF became involved in 2018 and have been assisting the owners in removing weeds from the hills and creekline. This site will soon be hosting guided walks, to show people an example of a ‘works-in-progress’. Stay tuned!
This project involved the removal of a number of large Poplar Trees and Willows from the banks of the Genoa River, along with controlling other high-threat weeds. In conjunction with the Genoa Town Committee, this is the latest stage of a long-term commitment by many people, to improving the health of the Genoa River.
This property was one of the original inspirations for the creation of HRF. Beginning in 1989, the project saw the transformation from degraded grazing paddocks, to full wetland and bushland habitat; some 50 acres. Having won an award, and later becoming surrounded by Greens Bush National Park, it is an amazing example of what can be achieved. HRF has helped with habitat restoration, wetland habitat creation, and revegetation on this property.
One of HRF’s first projects, we began restoring this forest in 2006. With a history of logging and cattle grazing, the forest and creekline had become infested with weeds. Through gradual removal of weeds, followed by small burns and revegetation, we have brought this forest back to pristine condition. Now an award-winning project, and the subject of University studies, HRF hosts guided walks throughout the year.
This reserve has large open grassed areas, surrounded by bushland and several seasonal creeks that flow into a lake. HRF, in partnership with Dromana Rotary Club, Hillview Quarries and RACV, are restoring the creeks via large scale weed removal and revegetation. We are also improving the amenity of the park via the installation of shade trees and the creation of walking tracks that link with Arthurs Seat State Park.
This property contains the headwaters of Spring Creek, but was severely degraded by cattle grazing. Beginning in 2005, cattle were excluded, and restoration of the creekline has continued ever since. On six separate occasions, the project has been significantly expanded to create a variety of habitats for all kinds of flora and fauna. HRF frequently hosts guided walks on this property, to educate people on how to restore creeks, wetlands and bushland on a large scale.