Conservation Detector Dogs
'Rocky' and 'Sophie'
Our latest weapons in the fight against pest animals are a pair of English Springer spaniels called ‘Sophie’ and ‘Rocky’. The pair represent a ground-breaking, new conservation management tool for landholders in the Maranoa and the Border Rivers regions.
They specialise in locating pests such as rabbits, foxes, feral cats, wild dogs,and their scats and dens.
Trained by reknowned dog trainer Steve Austin - (removal of rabbits from Australia’s Macquarie Island), the dogs are the first conservation canines to be owned by a natural resource management body in Queensland.
The pair’s role is to track the scent of pest animals and help QMDC work out pest densities. They are particularly valuable in areas where feral control has been done and there are a few animals remaining. When out in the field, the dogs wear GPS units so their location can be recorded against what they find, enabling the officers to decide on an appropriate control.
Capability Statement: Download the PDF here.
Sniff crusades: Click on the links to read about their adventures
- Feral cats to save bilbies in Currawinya National Park, QLD.
- Foxes to save turtle eggs and hatchlings at Mon Repos, QLD.
- Feral cats to save Bridle nail tail wallabies in Taunton National Park, QLD.
Grazing BMP Accelerated Program - Roma
21 June 2018
First day runs from 8am to 5pm Second day from 8am to 12:30pm Places limited and will fill fast Free event! Lunch and smokos provided. What is it?Grazing Best Management Practice is a voluntary online self-assessment tool… + read more
Maximising your Herd
25 June 2018
Join the discussion with Tim Emery (Tropical Beef Technology Services) and Roger Sneath (Senior Extension Officer, FutureBeef, DAF) on how to maximise your herd with genetics, available pasture and some simple records. TIME:… + read more
QMDC Members Meeting
06 July 2018
We invite members of the community to join our Member organisations to get an update on our activities and project highlights in the region. Your opportunity to meet our team, our Executive Committee and to give feedback… + read more