Forest and Bird South Otago
Weedbuster Type: Group
Contact Person: Roy Johnstone
Our main weed busting activity is at the Otanomomo Scientific Reserve just south of Balclutha. It’s a 36 ha remnant of the original lowland podocarp/broadleaf forest on the edges of the Clutha Delta. The area has local infestations of common woody weeds (hawthorn, elderberry, spindle berry, gorse, broom, holly, etc), and lots of blackberry, also a lot of Chilean flame creeper (CFC). At present we are not concentrating on CFC other than physically pulling it down when we see it as the previous Forest And Bird campaign in the Reserve was overwhelmed by the CFC which made people give up trying. We will wait until there is a suitable control method which WORKS.
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