Queensberry rabbit management

We are supporting a community response to rabbit management in the Queensberry area by bringing together affected landowners and occupiers to discuss the problem, and collectively work out solutions.

Working in a coordinated manner with your neighbours will help to more effectively reduce rabbit numbers and decrease their impact on the environment.

Rabbits are a priority pest in Otago, and they present complex challenges for pest management.  Under the rules in our Regional Pest Management Plan, all landowners/occupiers in Otago must control feral rabbit densities on the land they occupy if densities exceed our rule limits. 

Plan Rule - An occupier within the Otago region shall control feral rabbit densities on the land they occupy to at or below Level 3 on the Modified McLean Scale (MMS).

Our Biosecurity staff have recently inspected properties throughout the Queensberry area to determine which areas are most affected by rabbits, which properties are managing rabbits well, and which properties require a greater level of control.

Recent inspections undertaken in the Queensberry area have identified which properties have significant densities of rabbits and are likely to be non-compliant. These inspections were carried out by our Biosecurity staff, who are all ‘authorised persons’ under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and are warranted to enter your property for this purpose. The inspections were undertaken on crown and public land as well as private properties.

We are confident that we can, collectively, support better rabbit management in Queensberry with some short-term steps leading to a longer-term solution. Rabbit control needs to be ongoing to ensure continued reduction in numbers.


Proposed Queensberry management area

Proposed Queensberry management area


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If you haven’t already done so, please register your email address using this form to receive future updates, including any changes to these plans that may be necessary as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.


At this online meeting held on Thursday 7 April 2022, we presented the findings of our inspections, discussed the next steps and control options that you may wish to consider.

If you couldn't join us for the online meeting or would like to view it again, you can view the recorded webinar below.


Download the Rabbit Management Plan Template below

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