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September 24, 2021

Clarence Landcare’s Springer Spaniel toad buster

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Springer Spaniel with a nose for toads, Tommy, and handler Steve Austin, hard at work in the Lower Clarence Floodplain. Photo Nigel Blake.

As the reach of the cane toad marches ever farther south, the Clarence Landcare Toad Busters have engaged an enthusiastic recruit on the front line of the Toad Biosecurity Containment Zone.

Tommy is an English Springer Spaniel trained to sniff out cane toads and his work with trainer Steve Austin is helping to trial the effectiveness of sniffer dogs in detecting new cane toad arrivals.

This project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program.

The cane toad menace continues to cause havoc to native wildlife. Brian.Gratwicke/Flickr.com

Fig Forest, Clarence Landcare’s Cane Toad project coordinator, says that Shark Creek, in the lower Clarence, is just beyond the biosecurity containment zone for toads.

‘Tommy lets us know if any toads have hopped this far yet,’ Mr Forest. ‘Thankfully no toads were detected.

‘We’ve seen evidence of Red-belly black snakes along the creek which indicates that toads have not arrived yet. Red-bellies are usually the first victims of toads as they mistake young toads for their normal diet of native frogs.

‘Cane Toads are an Alert Species in the North Coast Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan because they represent a significant threat to the region’s biodiversity.’

Nigel Blake from North Coast Local Land Services explains that the community must work together to ensure early detection of Cane Toads to enable swift and effective management of the species.

‘Cane toads are a huge biosecurity concern,’ says Mr Blake. ‘We know that they are great hitchhikers and stowaways and they are increasingly turning up in areas all over NSW.

‘Land managers and community members play a critical role in reporting any sightings of Cane Toads.’

Nigel said it’s been a tough year for the local toad control program. ‘Firstly, fires removed most of the undergrowth, making it easier for toads to travel, followed by drought-breaking rains and an increase in breeding.

‘Now, COVID-19 restrictions have made the collection efforts by volunteers and contractors very difficult.

‘These challenges are why the potential for detection dogs to assist in the early capture of these incomers is exciting and something we hope to use in other parts of the region.’ he said.

It is important that Cane Toads spotted in the biosecurity zone are reported.

The DPIE guide for reporting Cane toads explains what to do if you spot a toad.

Visit the DPIE website for more information.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Every year around November, cane toad tadpoles breed in water catchments by the millions.
    The council dam behind our property spawns thousands, they come up onto the land and the ground is alive! Thats just one dam.
    This is when action needs to be taken. I have contacted the council and requests for action is ignored!
    The cane toad tadpole need to be stopped before they reach the land.
    Simple collection of the tadpole with fine netting of waterways by council staff, would eliminate millions?
    Perhaps Govt could create an “On water border force”, Cane Toad Tadpole eradication squad, for our cash starved councils?
    It may well be the only thing these Federal or State LNP Govt’s ever achieve?

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