mitigation may require the use of temporary fencing or barriers around trenches during operation works.

3.22 It is the responsibility of the wildlife control operator to identify significant wildlife safety risks both for wildlife retained on site, as well as wildlife in adjacent areas or widely ranging wildlife that may use, or move through, the site during operational works. Measures required for mitigation of such risks should be included in the Wildlife Protection and

Management Plan

Vegetation and rubble piles

3.23 It is essential that piles of rubble, felled timber or any other material, proposed to be burned, buried or chipped, are not left to serve as a refuge for displaced or roaming wildlife. Felled vegetation piles and earth often provide attractive habitats for a range of small mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs, presenting a high risk of poor animal welfare outcomes if not managed appropriately.

3.24 Appropriate risk mitigation measures include immediate destruction or removal of such materials, or erection of wildlife-proof barriers to prevent wildlife use.

3.25 Old piles of felled vegetation or other material must be treated in the same way as any other potential wildlife habitat, and must be assumed to be inhabited by wildlife, unless proven otherwise.

Design features and wildlife safety risks

3.26 In addition to wildlife risks associated with operational works, the wildlife control operator must attempt to identify any features of the design or plan of the completed project that may present a significant risk to wildlife and recommend risk mitigation measures.

3.27 Design features likely to have undesirable impacts on wildlife should be brought to the attention of the developer. Early intervention in terms of recommending design changes may lead to significant reduction in costs associated with wildlife management and impact mitigation measures caused by poor design.

Pre-works meeting.

3.28 After preparation and approval of the Wildlife Protection and Management Plan, and prior to the onset of operational works or land-clearing, the wildlife control operator should have a briefing meeting with the project manager, site foreman and equipment operators, for the purposes of discussing the requirements of the plan.

3.29 The wildlife control operator should clearly detail the sequence of land-clearing and wildlife capture, identify special habitat features, state the requirement for special equipment, (such as cherry pickers or cranes), and clearly outline the importance of compliance with any Animal Welfare Directions.