Northern Beaches residents are invited to hear how they can help solve the growing problem created by an influx of foxes in the area.

Have you spotted any foxes around the Beaches? There have been numerous sightings and, according to FoxScan, foxes are an introduced pest that cause $230 million dollars of damage each year. They are a major predator of native wildlife, and have caused the decline and extinction of many of Australia’s unique native.

FoxScan is a free resource for farmers, the public, community groups, Landcare, local councils, professional pest controllers, and biosecurity groups. Anyone can use FoxScan to record information about foxes. Information you record can be used to manage foxes more effectively to reduce the damage they cause.

Northern Beaches residents are also invited to hear how they can help solve the issue of foxes in the area at a free online event on 5 April. A joint initiative between NSW DPI, Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Northern Beaches Council, the webinar will feature a range of expert speakers and local information.

Greater Sydney LLS Senior Biosecurity officer Gareth Cleal said the event would give residents advice and information based on real life scenarios and experiences.

“There is no doubt foxes are becoming more and more prominent in urban areas of Sydney and the Northern Beaches is not immune,” he said. “We regularly receive reports of fox sightings in the area and there are simple steps residents can take to help reduce their impact.”

Mr Cleal said foxes were attracted by food scraps and domestic pets like chickens and rabbits. “Residents can help by ensuring compost bins are kept secure and properly closed, keeping household rubbish in a secure location, feeding domestic pets inside, ensuring food is not left outside and wherever possible, keeping pets inside overnight,” he said.

“Keeping yards in check by tidying gardens, weeding to reduce fox harbour and housing backyard chickens in secure, fox-proof enclosures rather than free ranging will also help.”

The webinar will feature presentations from local pest animal experts, and cover topics including:
• How to minimise impacts to your pets and native wildlife
• Recording/reporting foxes into FoxScan – https://www.foxscan.org.au/
• An update on local programs

Rather than utilising pest control that involves cruel baiting programs, the Foxscan website has some great tips for decreasing fox activity in the area, including:

  • Don’t leave pet food outside overnight
  • Use enclosed compost bins
  • Keep domestic animals secure at night
  • Remove fallen fruit around fruit trees
  • Keep garbage bins covered
  • Block entry points to drains
  • Close off access to underneath buildings
  • Use fox-proof enclosures for poultry
  • Turn-off outside lights that attract insects
  • Reduce weeds that provide food and shelter, such as Blackberries
  • Record sightings in FoxScan.

You can join the free webinar on Tuesday, 5 April 2022 from 7pm. RSVP via https://bit.ly/3qq5aIK or email feralscan@feralscan.org.au.

Or visit https://www.feralscan.org.au/foxscan for more.

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