April 2010


Welcome to the second WFF newsletter. We welcome articles for the next newsletter - please send us photos, stories, successes etc

We are looking for partners in the third print run of WFF brochures. Previous runs have been a minimum of 30,000 brochures to get the price down to about 7c a brochure. If groups participate in this print run there is the advantage of having your logo on the back of the brochure.

The brochure can be viewed online. Please contact us if you would like to participate.

Thank you to Wildlife Victoria and Rachel Lyons from the Burnett Mary Regional Group for making the last 2 print runs possible.

We have had 150 kms of chainwire fencing donated to the project.
It will be offered first to Bush Heritage Trust and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy so that it can be prioritised for large projects.

Please contact Sam if you are interested in large quantities of 1.8 metre high chainwire.  Some rolls are full (50 or 100 metres) and others not. It is recycled from construction sites around Sydney and the central Coast where it has been up for less than a year.

Use of aspirin to treat flying foxes with wing membrane injuries from entanglement on barbed wire fences and netting.                                                                                   

The main reason for flying foxes coming into care in Australia is entanglement on barbed wire fences. A 3 year trial by Dave Pinson and Connie Kerr from the Tweed Valley in northern NSW has involved over 250 flying foxes with wing damage. There have been excellent results for limiting the amount of die-back of the wing membrane with the use of Aspro clear. Photo shows typical dieback that occurs.

One 300 mg tablet is dissolved in 30mls of pre-boiled water, and given twice a day with food at 1ml solution per kilo bodyweight, or 0.1 ml per 100g bodyweight. Keep the solution refrigerated and discard after 3 days. A course of treatment would typically last 5-14 days.

It is believed that the aspirin is keeping tiny capillaries viable to the wounded areas, as well as offering pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects. For a full list of recommendations and further information, contact Dave on stickeebatz@gmail.com

Lee McMichael from ARROW recommends the use of twitchers for straining of all types of fencing wire. Unfortunately the video on the website shows its use with barbed wire, but it works equally well with plain wire.

Another idea is fence flags. It is a patented device from USA (from Mom and Pop Products in Ohio!) that provides excellent visibility for a fence as the device dips and flutters with the slightest breeze.

Redland City Council has some excellent fact sheets on Pets and Wildlife, and WIldlife (Fauna) Friendly Fencing

Rupert Russell recently led a group of 14 people to Blackbraes National Park in
far north Queensland to make sections of the fencing there wildlife friendly.

Split polypipe was applied to more than 40 sites where Greater Glider (Petauroides volans minor) remains were found on the fences. A full account of the trip can be found at Blackbraes trip report.pdf  including a range of suggestions made to the relevant State Minister and Agforce Queensland. Anyone interested in gliders is encouraged to read this document, as well as join the Queensland Glider Network.

Rupert noted that many entanglements occurred where a tree had been incorporated into the fence as a fence post, and recommended that in these cases plain wire be used for at least 3 metres on either side of the tree.

“During our work we found the remains of not less than 40 Greater Gliders at various points along the boundary fence. Each of these animals will have died a slow death, lingering through the cold of night and the heat of day, suffering thirst, fear, hunger and pain through the misfortune of a fatal impact with barbed wire. “

(Left) This photo was taken near Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands. The tree in this case has not been incorporated into the fence, but it is up against the fence so that this sugar glider  was caught.

The project receives regular emails and phone calls from around Australia. However the word ’fencing’ in our website also regularly attracts emails from Chinese companies wanting to sell us barbed wire! “I get news that you are a big company handling in fencing products. So I want to take this opportunity to make cooperation with you. I am a big manufacture of all kinds of wire mesh from China.”

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