Feral cat research- Christmas Island, Dirk Hartog Island and South West of W.A. Night parrot research Australia wide. Threaten bird research and translocations.


Email Neil

+61 8 9405 5124

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+61 8 9306 1641
Street Address
Wildlife Place, Woodvale WA 6026, Australia
Postal Address
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia

Profile

Senior Technical Officer
Feral Cat research and other feral animal.


Expertise

  • Avian species (birds)
  • Australian and exotic mammals.

My life time work which has been ongoing has been the understanding birds. I have been involved in many programs from captive breeding to recovery programs on birds within Australia and overseas intuitions. I have a very keen interest in any Australian threaten bird species and try to help or assist where ever I can.


Brief CV

  • Tafe qualifications in animal management.
  • 28 years in the zoo industry from Acting Director of conservation to Curator of birds and Australian mammals, to supervisor and keeping. My main role being Curator of birds at the Perth zoo for six years.
  • At DEC I have been assisting other staff on research programs within the science division mainly to do with birds and mammals. Presently researching into feral cats.

Projects

Presently working on the mesopredator program with a team from DEC and AWC (Australian Wildlife Conservancy).Looking at the Sustained introduced predator control in the rangelands. i.e. Cats, dogs and foxes.Collecting data on fauna, invertebrates and feral animals within a joint project with AWC and DEC staff. The research is presently being done on AWC land at Mt. Gibson Station and DEC pastoral leases at Karara and Lochada Stations.Research efforts is being focused

  • examination of Baiting efficiency
  • monitor predator abundance over time
  • Monitor prey abundance

Assisting as required by other DEC staff any bird matters and introduce bird species within WA.


Publications (45)

Departmental Publications (45)

Found 45 items

2016

Algar D, Pink C, Hamilton N (2016). Report on stages 2 and 3 of the Christmas Island cat and black rat management plan. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Woodvale, WA. 22 p.

Maple D, Algar D, Hudson M, Hamilton N, Detto T, Tiernan B et al. (2016). An update on feral cat eradication work on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (ABSTRACT). In Island Arks Symposium IV, Norfolk Island, February 2016 pp. 23–24

Woinarski JCZ, MacRae I, Flores T, Detto T, Reid J, Pink C et al. [Hamilton N, Palmer R, Morris K] (2016). Conservation status and reintroduction of the Cocos buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi). Emu 116, pp. 32–40

2015

Deller M, Mills HR, Hamilton N, Algar D (2015). Diet of feral cats, Felis catus, on Dirk Hartog Island. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 98, pp. 37–43

Marlow NJ, Williams AAE, Brazell R, Macmahon B, Withnell N, Thomas N et al. [Hamilton N, Fuller P, Asher J] (2015). The development of a toxic 1080 bait, Pro-bait, for fox (Vulpes vulpes) control in Western Australia. Conservation Science Western Australia 9, pp. 249–257

Woinarski J, MacRae I, Detto T, Pink C, Flores T, Flakus S et al. [Hamilton N, Palmer R] (2015). Return rail trip: the reintroduction of the Cocos buff-banded rail. Australian Birdlife 4(1), pp. 36–39

2014

Algar D, Hamilton N (2014). Report on Stage 2(d) of the Christmas Island cat and black rat management plan. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Woodvale, WA. 19 p.

Algar D, Hamilton N, Pink C (2014). Progress in eradicating cats (Felis catus) on Christmas Island to conserve biodiversity. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 30, pp. 45–53

Coddou A, Mills H, Hamilton N, Algar D (2014). Baiting effectiveness for introduced rats (Rattus sp.) on Christmas Island. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 30, pp. 54–59

2013

Algar D, Hamilton N, Nickels D, Flematti G (2013). Science, a weed and cat control. Landscope 29(2), pp. 59–61

Algar D, Onus M, Hamilton N (2013). Feral cat control as part of rangelands restoration at Lorna Glen (Matuwa), Western Australia: the first seven years. Conservation Science, Western Australia 8, pp. 367–381

Berry O, Tatler J, Hamilton N, Hilmer S, Hitchen Y, Algar D (2013). Slow recruitment in a red fox population following poison baiting: a non-invasive mark-recapture analysis. Wildlife Research 40, pp. 615–623

Low BW, Hamilton N (2013). The current status of the threatened Christmas Island hawk-owl Ninox natalis. Australian Field Ornithology 30, pp. 47–52

Low BW, Mills H, Algar D, Hamilton N (2013). Home ranges of introduced rats on Christmas Island: a pilot study. Ecological Management and Restoration 14, pp. 1–6

2012

Algar D, Hamilton N (2012). Report on Stage 2 of the Christmas Island cat and black rat management plan. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 33 p.

Algar D, Hamilton N, Holdsworth M, Robinson S (2012). Eradicating cats and black rats from Christmas Island. Landscope 27(4), pp. 43–47

Berry O, Algar D, Angus J, Hamilton N, Hilmer S, Sutherland D (2012). Genetic tagging reveals a significant impact of poison baiting on an invasive species. Journal of Wildlife Management 76, pp. 729–739

Marlow N, Williams A, Hamilton N, Withnell B, Brazell R (2012). The development of a new toxic 1080 bait for fox control, Pro-bait. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 12 p.

2011

Algar D, Hamilton N, Onus M (2011). Interim report on Stage 2 of the Management plan for cats and black rats on Christmas Island: report to the Shire of Christmas Island and Christmas Island National Parks. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 48 p.

Algar D, Hamilton N, Onus M, Hilmer S, Comer S, Tiller C et al. [Bell L, Pinder J, Adams E, Butler S] (2011). Field trial to compare baiting efficacy of Eradicat® and Curiosity® baits. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 36 p.

Algar D, Hilmer S, Onus M, Hamilton N, Moore J (2011). New national park to be cat free. Landscope 26(3), pp. 39–45

Hamilton N, Rolfe J (2011). Assessment of introduced predator presence within the Perup Sanctuary, Western Australia. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 7 p.

Richards JD, Algar D, Hamilton N, Hilmer S, Rolfe J, Onus M, Prince J (2011). Small mammal and reptile assemblages of the semi-arid woodlands and acacia sandplains in the southern rangelands of Western Australia. Conservation Science Western Australia 8, pp. 1–10

Richards JD, Hamilton N, Fuller PJ, Algar D, Prince J (2011). Terrestrial bird assemblages of the semi-arid woodlands and acacia sandplains in the southern rangelands of Western Australia. Conservation Science Western Australia 8, pp. 11–21

2010

Algar D, Hamilton N, Johnston M, Lindeman M (2010). New tools for fighting ferals. Landscope 25(3), pp. 24–29

Algar D, Onus M, Hamilton N, Hilmer S (2010). That feral cat bait (ABSTRACT). In Threatened Species Research Forum: Western Australian Ecology Centre, 9th July 2010: a Review of WA Government Research into Threatened Species p. 4

Burbidge A, Hamilton N, Comer S, Blythman M, Caton W, Pridham J, Danks A (2010). New and interesting bird records from Barrow Island. Western Australian Bird Notes 135, pp. 25–26

Burbidge AH, Comer S, Danks A, Berryman A, Hamilton N (2010). Attempted re-introduction of the western bristlebird in south-western Australia. In Global Re-Introduction Perspectives, 2010: Additional Case Studies from Around the Globe IUCN SSC Re-Introduction Specialist Group, Abu Dhabi. pp. 171–175

Hamilton N, Onus M, Forrest K (2010). Fighting back: mulgaras return. Landscope 26(2), pp. 6–8

Johnston M, Algar D, Hamilton N, Lindeman M (2010). A bait efficacy trial for the management of feral cats on Christmas Island. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Heidelberg. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Technical Report Series 200, 16 p.

2009

Johnston M, Algar D, Onus M, Hamilton N, Hilmer S, Withnell B et al. [Koch K] (2009). A bait efficacy trial for the management of feral cats on Dirk Hartog Island. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Heidelberg. 42 p.

2008

Berry O, Algar D, Hamilton N, Hilmer S, Angus J (2008). A large reduction in fox abundance following 1080 baiting revealed by non-invasive DNA analysis (ABSTRACT). In Australasian Wildlife Management Society 21st Annual Conference: Human Impacts on Wildlife, 24-27 November 2008, Fremantle WA: Program and Book of Abstracts p. 38

Johnston M, Algar D, Onus M, Hamilton N, Hilmer S, O'Donoghue M et al. (2008). Field trial of a new bait and toxicant for feral cat management on French Island, Victoria (ABSTRACT). In Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference: Darwin, Australia, June 2008 p. 114

2006

Hamilton NA, Withnell B (2006). Assessment of feral cat abundance and control options at Fortescue Metals Group Limited: August/September 2005. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Woodvale, WA. 24 p.

Onus ML, Hamilton NA, Hilmer SS, Algar D (2006). Assessment of feral cat abundance and control options at Newmont Jundee operations. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 24 p.

2005

Hamilton N (2005). Trapping ferals in the Fitz. Friends of the Western Ground Parrot Newsupdate 13, p. 3

2004

Hamilton NA, Algar D (2004). Further assessment of feral cat abundance and control options at Plutonic Gold Mine: a report to Barrick Gold of Australia Limited. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Woodvale, WA. 12 p.

Massam M, Kirkpatrick W, Mawson P, Press N, Bennell T, Hamilton N (2004). Importing and keeping introduced mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in Western Australia. Department of Agriculture, South Perth. Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Bulletin 4604, 27 p.

Onus ML, Hamilton NA, Algar D (2004). Preliminary assessment of feral cats for the ground parrot program within the Fitzgerald River National Park, February 2004. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Woodvale, WA. 10 p.

2003

Hamilton N, Algar D (2003). Assessment of feral cat abundance and control options at Plutonic Gold Mine: a report to Barrick Gold of Australia Limited. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 13 p.

Onus ML, Algar D, Brazell RI, Withnell GB, Hamilton N (2003). Assessment of feral cat status on Garden Island: a report to the Department of Defence (HMAS Stirling). Department of Conservation and Land Management, 11 p.

2002

Angus GJ, Martin KR, Onus ML, Hamilton N, Brazell R, Withnell GB (2002). Assessment of the comparative efficacy of two aerial baiting regimes through acceptance of non-toxic baits by feral cats in the north-eastern goldfields, Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Kensington, WA. 21 p.

Angus GJ, Onus ML, Hamilton N, Withnell GB (2002). Assessment of bait acceptance by introduced predators from a single aerial deployment of bio-marked baits in the Gascoyne region, Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Woodvale, WA. 18 p.

Liddelow G, Ward B, Angus GJ, Hamilton N (2002). An assessment of an aerial baiting program for the control of feral cats at the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. 11 p.

Massam M, Kirkpatrick W, Mawson P, Press N, Bennell T, Hamilton N (2002). Importing and keeping introduced mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in Western Australia, October 2002. Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, 44 p.