Brief trip report, Mount Buller, Victorian Alps.

To: Reid <>
Subject: Brief trip report, Mount Buller, Victorian Alps.
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 16:56:30 +1000
Reid wrote:

Do you think it significant that you saw no rabbits?  And what was you
impression of the habitat in a rabbit-free state?

Rabbits are relatively rare above about 900-1,000m in the Victorian Alps - whereas Hares are relatively abundant - both of these relative to their lowland distributions.

The alpine and subalpine vegetation in rabbit free areas is subject to other browsers and grazers - wombats, horses, cattle, hares ... but these vary in the intensity of their grazing pressure depending on local abundance or exclusions.

The alpine and subalpine vegetation differs from lowland veg in many ways (lifeforms, growth rates/seasons, adaptations to differing retention of snow periods, etc.), so I cant draw too many conclusions from not seeing rabbits at Mount Buller.


Lawrie Conole
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