Time to be aware of snakes

Two Wells, Lewiston and District Landcare Group is hosting a number of “snake awareness” workshops –  and as the weather starts to warm up, this is the perfect opportunity to learn about some of these reptiles living within our region.

These free workshops will be held during October, all starting at 9.15am with the first workshop at Roseworthy on Monday, October 14, Mallala (18th) and Two Wells (25th).

If you are interested please register by contacting Pat Wake on 0419 860 981 or email pat.wake@tafesa.edu.au.

Possumcam!

• My friend Scott is a keen photographer and recently purchased a motion sensor camera. He has been having issues with rabbits on his property but he didn’t know how many he had or where they were coming from so he set up his camera near where he thought the rabbits were coming in.

During the day he was able to see how many rabbits were visiting, but at night his property came to life with many sightings of possums with one of the highlights being a possum with a baby on its back. His camera is activated each time that it senses motion and runs for about a minute at a time and then turns off until it is activated again. The footage he has shown me is amazing.

To see these wild animals going about their business is like watching a David Attenborough documentary and it’s all happening in his back yard.

I believe the applications for this camera are limitless so if you want to know what animals visit your property this is the camera that will do the job.

His camera is an LTL acorn 12 mega pixel scouting camera “Model” LTL-5210A” and cost $138.

Beware of caltrop

• With summer just around the corner there is one weed you don’t want on your property it is Caltrop (Tribulus terrestris).

Caltrop germinates after rainfall in late spring and summer as soil temperatures increase. Caltrop is a prostrate spreading plant and can grow up to four meters in diameter. Flowers are small, 8–15mm in diameter and bright yellow with five petals, usually lasting only one day.

Fruit consists of a woody burr with sharp, rigid spines, which splits into segments when ripe.

Each segment has four hard spines; two spines are long and two shorter.

This plant can cause painful injuries to humans and animals, is toxic to stock, and can contaminate produce such as wool and fodder.

Competition is a very effective control method for Caltrop as it is a poor competitor; it only achieves dominance when other vegetation is removed and ground is bare.

Caltrop is a declared plant under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

If you have this plant on your property and you need advice on how to eradicate it, or any land management advice, visit the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board website www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au.

If you have seen infestations of this plant on road verges or local reserves within our district please contact the council.

Noting plant numbers and locations will help council to locate and eradicate these infestations.

Preventing the spread of caltrop is the best control measure for this plant.

• Email Two Wells Lewiston and Districts Landcare Group at pat.wake@tafesa.edu.au for more information.

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