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Feral Rabbits


City of Ryde will be undertaking control of rabbits in a number of Council’s parks and reserves as part of an ongoing program undertaken by public authorities in public open space across northern Sydney. Feral animals have a significant impact on our wildlife and assets and as land manager of these parks City of Ryde is responsible for the control of these species.

To help control the number of feral rabbits in local parks and reserves the City of Ryde will be releasing the Calicivirus (RHDV1 K5 strain) in February 2021 at the following Parks: 

  • Dunbar Park
  • Pembroke Park
  • Ryde Park
  • Yamble Reserve

The calicivirus specifically targets rabbits and will not affect humans or other animals.

Rabbit owners should speak with their Vet about vaccinating their rabbits against the calicivirus.

The program is strategic, careful and targeted. The safety of the local community, pets and native wildlife are the highest priorities.
Depending on the situation techniques could include one or more of the following: trapping and culling.

Signage will be displayed in the parks and reserves when the programs are being undertaken.

If you would like any further information on these programs, please contact City of Ryde Customer Service on 9952 8222.

To report any rabbit sightings please visit Rabbit Scan.

Why Are Rabbits Considered Pests in Australia?

Feral-Wild-Rabbit_GEN.jpg Rabbits were first released in Victoria in 1824 and quickly spread to other parts of Australia. Domestic rabbits that escape captivity, or are dumped by irresponsible owners, can also establish wild populations, reverting to the distinctive grey-brown ‘wild’ variety within a few generations.

Grazing and burrowing by feral rabbits can cause serious erosion problems and damage lawns, gardens and playing fields. Feral rabbits also threaten the survival of native plants and animals.

Under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 all landholders have an obligation to control feral rabbits on their land, regardless of whether on private or public land.
Private landholders should contact a licensed pest controller to control feral rabbits on their land. Licensed pest controllers are listed in the Yellow Pages under Pest Control.

Last updated on 18 January 2021