Forest and Bird (South Waikato) have been working at Jim Barnett Reserve near Waotu for the past 23 years. The reserve is a real pleasure to visit with the growth on the trees and a large number of resident kereru and other birds. This year Forest and bird members have continued to plant trees, oil seats and tables and undertake weed control.
Pingao is usually found on the seaward faces of coastal fore dunes. It is capable of growing closer to the shoreline than any other sand binder. Along with spinifex in the North Island it is the most important of the native sand binders for building and stabilising coastal sand dunes. It builds dunes by trapping the sand between its leaves, around its base and in the long rope-like rhizomes or runners it sends out. Pingao is unique in that it grows towards the tide from the dunes. Naturally occurring pingao is a good indicator of biodiversity in a coastal environment.
The Weedbusters website had been given a fresh new update and has heaps of useful information on weed pest management and control. For control of Climbing asparagus
1. Dig out tubers. Dispose of at a refuse transfer station, burn or bury. Other plant material can be left on site to rot down.
2. Weed wipe: glyphosate (333ml /L), no penetrant. Total coverage not required.
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Welcome to the Waikato Biodiversity Forum
The Waikato Biodiversity Forum is a partnership between research and management agencies, iwi groups, private landowners, communities and projects in relation to native biodiversity in the Waikato region of New Zealand.
The Forum's region of interest extends down to the northern slopes of the Tongariro National Park, across to Mokau on the west coast and up to just north of Port Waikato and includes the Coromandel Peninsula and land west of the Kaimais.
For information about the Forum click on About Us page or phone 0800 BIODIV (246348)