Pest animals are but one of many factors that influence the desired outcome from managing natural resource based systems, whether for production or conservation purposes. Others include diseases, weeds, financial resources, weather and fire management. To be effective, an integrated and systematic approach is required, and the principles and strategic approach outlined in Managing Australia's Pest Animals can also be used to plan and manage the damage due to other factors.
Managing Australia's Pest Animals includes case studies of successful and unsuccessful pest management strategies and covers a range of topics, including the history of pest management, current best practice principles, and guidelines for planning and applying strategic pest management approaches to effectively reduce pest damage. This book is the first clear and comprehensive guide to best practice pest management in Australia and will benefit students and trainers of pest managers, landholders, people involved in natural resource management, and industry and government pest management staff.
Information in Managing Australia's Pest Animals is intended to benefit students and trainers of pest managers, landholders, pest management staff, or volunteers working in natural resource management, including:
- private and public land managers – farmers, Crown lands, Department of Defence lands
- parks and wildlife staff
- pest management agencies
- local councils
- Landcare and catchment management groups
- private pest contractors.
Additional resources and reading
Chapter 1. Fundamentals of vertebrate pest management
Chapter 2. The principles of pest management
Chapter 3. The strategic approach
Chapter 4. Engaging with communities and stakeholders
Chapter 5. Planning for successful pest management
Chapter 6. Minimising risk and uncertainty
Chapter 7. Experimental management, monitoring and evaluation
Chapter 8. Implementing pest management
Appendix 1. Case studies
Definitions and key concepts
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Mike Braysher has extensive experience in wildlife research and management. He served as the wildlife biologist for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and managed the National Vertebrate Pest Program for the Federal Bureau of Resource Sciences. In 2003, he developed and taught a nationally accredited diploma level course that aimed to give land managers the skills and capacity to develop and implement effective, integrated plans to manage the damage due to pest animals based on current best practice. He now works as a consultant to government and community groups on NRM issues.