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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Working with continual threats
There always seems to be some threat to our restoration
programme in an urban location. There is the perennial rat and possum invasion
to control. Now we have Rainbow skinks, an invasive species from Australia that
is common in some areas of Hamilton and is being easily spread. One of our team
members purchased to load of firewood and found one among the wood. The
Rainbows are prolific breeders out breeding our native Copper Skinks.
Giant Willow Apids
Then there is the Giant Willow aphid which arrived a couple
of years ago, which in its self does not attack our native trees but in our
gully produce so much honey dew that the understory of natives got covered in
black mould cutting off, or heavily
restricting, the understory plants ability to photosynthesise. We are poisoning
the willows but that is a big job that we cannot do all at once.
Now it looks as though we will have to contend with Myrtle
Rust in the near future.