Weeds take a beating at Parham workshop

News release
29 October 2018

Friends of AIBS member Lawrence Skipworth gets stuck into a patch of Colombia daisy.

(Friends of AIBS member Lawrence Skipworth gets stuck into a patch of Colombia daisy)

Fourteen volunteers have learnt how to tackle weeds invading native vegetation at a coastal regeneration workshop at Parham.

The workshop was presented by Trees For Life and funded by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

Workshop coordinator Liz Ninnes, who is Volunteer Support Officer with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, was delighted by the mix of participating groups.

"We had a wide range of northern coastal groups including Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS), Friends of Cobbler Creek, Playford Greening Landcare, Henley Dunes Care Group and Port Adelaide Residents Environment Protection Group," Ms Ninnes said.

Amelia Hurren and Randall Bates from Trees For Life presented a theory session on coastal bushcare, followed by a practical demonstration of targeted weed control on the declared weeds African Boxthorn (using the drill and fill technique) and Colombia daisy (by hand grubbing).

Ms Ninnes said the workshop was held at the environmentally significant Parham Block site in the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. Several rare and vulnerable native plants still persist at the site, including Green Saltbush, Rohrlach's Bluebush (both favoured food of the Saltbush blue butterfly) and Bead Samphire.

After the workshop, participants said they better understood how to tackle weeds specifically in native vegetation, and learned some useful techniques for intervening in weed infested to restore native biodiversity.

Friends of AIBS member Bev Harman uses long handled loppers to tackle some tricky boxthorn.

(Friends of AIBS member Bev Harman uses long handled loppers to tackle some tricky boxthorn)

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