Landcare friends deserve thanks

Landcare Column with Mark Webb

Our Landcare group says farewell to some very good friends and members of our group.

Paul and Evelyn have played a pivotal role in the successes of our projects.

Their property bordered the Aunger reserve, and their commitment to improving our landscapes involved the planting of this reserve with a number of members from the local community.

The Aunger Ponds Reserve is one of our region’s assets and is a great example of what can be achieved when the community works together.

• Every summer between November through to the end of February more than 20,000 migratory birds will visit some of our wetlands and coastlines within our region, which are amongst the most important for wading migratory birds in Australia.

These areas are valuable feeding grounds for many of these bird species.

Please be mindful when visiting our coastal region during this time of year. Keep dogs on their leads and please don’t drive on beaches or over sand dunes.

These birds only have a short stay and need to eat as much as they can to sustain them during their flight back to China and Siberia.

For more information contact Birdlife Australia jean.turner@birdlife.org.au.

• As we head into summer many of us will have to look at buying in feed for our livestock. Please beware weed seeds can be introduced into your property when bringing in contaminated fodder.

Always purchase fodder from a local reliable source to reduce the likelihood of pest plants becoming established within our region.

On my regular walks around Lewiston I have noticed a pest plant that I haven’t seen growing within Lewiston before, Columba daisy.

It is very common on the western side of Port Wakefield Rd and it can take over if left unchecked. Calomba daisy is unpalatable to stock and also reduces the growth of pasture species by chemicals that it releases into the soil.

Wind, animals or vehicles disperse seeds and seeds may also be carried in fodder.

Flowers are a mustard colour and appear in October and November.

Plants die in early summer, leaving dry woody stems carrying the seeds.

If you have seen infestations of this plant in Lewiston please contact Gawler Natural Resource Office by emailing gawler.office@sa.gov.au.

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