Digital mobile technology can greatly enhance biosecurity and the productivity of agricultural systems to maximise industry, community and environment benefits for landholders and the community. This project will facilitate community adoption of digital technologies including PestSmart and FeralScan community pest monitoring technology (with mobile Apps), and enhance this with community networking resources to ensure community and landholder needs remain front and centre of our organisation’s business. The project will focus on
This project receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
February 2021 update:
FeralScan has reached 28,340 total users and 541 registered user groups and 24,480 photographs of pest animals (10,498 new photos since February 2020), With the impact of COVID-19 the project has proceeded to engage with community and biosecurity groups using video conference, teleconferencing and face-to-face events, wherever practical, safe and feasible The platform has also added Wild Dog Alert Notifications, a New Pests platform and, an Other Pests platform for large herbivores.
August 2020 update:
The FeralScan community mapping program now has over 25,000 online users, of which 19,176 are registered. The resource now hosts more than 213,000 records of pest animals, pest problems and control actions coordinated by landholders and community groups Australia-wide (Table 1).
In the 2019/20 financial year pest animal records nearly doubled in a single 12-month period.
The number of community groups now set up within the system who can share information with each other to ensure they make the best strategic management advice for their region and area. There are now 449 groups across Australia set up to do this, which combine farmers, land managers and government staff.
February 2020 update:
Adoption of FeralScan has reached new milestones, with the number of users doubling since July 2017 to a total of 23,818 users. A preliminary survey of user groups has produced summary data on usage behaviour and recommendations for future upgrades of FeralScan. Upgrades have been made to FeralScan software including:
August 2019 update:
The FeralScan web and App-based community pest surveillance platform has been successfully adopted by community user groups and government biosecurity stakeholders. Stakeholder assistance includes monitoring pest species, developing detailed knowledge of local pest problems, promoting community participation in monitoring and management activities, receiving regular updates on incidents and track changes in pest activity reporting over time.
Training and promotion of PestSmart and its resources was delivered nationally, including staff training for King Island, Kangaroo Island, Flinders Island, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island. Training was delivered through field days, workshops, pest management conferences, face-to-face landholder meetings and video and teleconferencing.
Software updates now allow the use of FeralScan on remote islands. A prototype dashboard enables charts and tables to be developed as an interactive co-created service for stakeholders. A prototype of a new incursions reporting platform will be tested in NSW for Red-eared slider turtles and American corn snakes, to promote public reporting of these animals. FeralScan adoption rates have continued to increase, including user registrations, pest records and new groups.
February 2019 update:
FeralScan is successfully supporting adoption of its web and App-based community pest surveillance platform. including usage of enhanced alert notification services and online closed-group functionality, by community user groups, regional biosecurity groups and government biosecurity stakeholders across NSW, SA, Vic, WA and Qld.
FeralScan has achieved significant milestones over 2018, including:
In 2018, the DeerScan community feral deer reporting website and app became available via www.deerscan.org.au.
A national CarpMap website and Questionnaire survey was also designed and deployed in partnership with CSIRO and Fisheries Research and development Corporation (FRDC). This was launched and is available from www.carpmap.org.au. Results include completion of the Survey by 600 members of the public.