The Victorian State Government is introducing new requirements for fruit netting next year to make netting safer for wildlife.
From 1 September 2021, fruit netting with a mesh size of more than 5mm x 5mm at full stretch will not be permitted. If you’re not sure if you have the right netting size, you can use the ‘finger test’ to check – if you can poke your finger through then it is unlikely to be compliant.
White netting is also recommended to make it easier for nocturnally active animals to see and avoid them at night.
If you plan on buying new nets to protect your fruit trees this summer, please look for wildlife friendly netting to avoid the need to replace them when the new regulations come into effect.
When disposing of the old netting, reduce the chance of wildlife entanglements by placing the old netting into a strong biodegradable bag before disposing.
Visit Agriculture Victoria for more information.