Pest Plants & Animals field day

Managing Pest Plant and Animals in the Barrabool Hills and Beyond

BHLG Field Day held at McCormacks Road on Saturday 16 June 2018

Despite some challenging Barrabool Hills weather, 40 hardy landcarers turned out to hear some very entertaining presentations by a number of guest presenters.

In her introduction BHLG President, Kaye Rodden, highlighted the efforts of property owner, Julie Oataway and her family, ” when she bought it, this property was infested with gorse and rabbits, and under threat from serrated tussock. As you can see, Julie and her family have done a magnificent job over the years to deal with all these pests. Most importantly, they dealt with all the problems together,” she said.

 

Leading off the presenters was Tim Bloomfield from the Victorian Rabbit Action Network who spoke about rabbit behaviour and management. He defined four essentials to eliminate rabbits:

1. Bait prior to ripping

2. Remove surface harbour, such as gorse, boxthorn, lignum

3. Rip burrows

4. Fumigate any remaining burrows

“Deviate from this formula and all your efforts to be wasted and you will forfeit your investment” he said.

Dick Simonson and Bob Beveridge from the Bellarine Landcare Network demonstrated their burrow smoking and fumigation gear.

Peter Lindeman and Margot Galletly from the Serrated Tussock Working Party spoke about the latest developments in combating serrated tussock.

Heidi Snow from the Gorse Task Force spoke about grants that were available to Groups to deal with community gorse infestations.

After a substantial dose of an amazing variety of soups prepared by Group members, we moved on to the field demonstrations. Brad Spear from the Victorian Rabbit Action Network created an implosion of an extensive rabbit burrow.

 

The implosion

 

The aftermath

Dick and Bob from Bellarine demonstrated their borrow-smoking and fumigation technique.

Bob and Dick

And Kent Worland from Winchelsea unloaded his excavator and ripped a number of burrows

The ripper

Congratulations to all the people who organised this field day, as well as the sponsors. Thanks especially to the soup-makers.

Thanks to Julie, Graeme and family for the use of their property.  And finally, to Trevor Jones who seemed to be involved in everything apart from making the soup.

Ed.