Bird and Weed Interactions

Subject: Bird and Weed Interactions
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 12:01:02 +0900
Sorry about the slip up with the previous message!

Dear all,

I am an honours student at Flinders University. I am
examining native fauna and their interactions with weeds
(animals using weeds as a food source, habitat, refuge,
breeding site, etc). I am focusing on Blackberry and
Boneseed. I aim to develop a model for these two weeds,
which enables managers to systematically work through a
checklist of points to identify and account for potential
weed/animal interactions, before weed removal is undertaken.
This audit system would provide a more holistic weed
management system, whereby broader ecological processes are
incorporated in a strategic manner.

There is scarce published information and I would like to
know if anyone had any information or could point me in the
right direction where I could find the appropriate
literature (including unpublished/anecdotal material). I am
interested in any interactions from animals, particularly
birds, eating and dispersing weeds to animals utilising
weeds as habitat. I would also be interested to hear of any
personal experience/observations of such interactions ?
particularly if they involve ?endangered? species.

The aim of the thesis is not to suggest that weeds should
not be removed, but that in some cases weeds provide
ecological roles which should be taken account of in
developing management strategies.

If you have any information or would like to make any other
comments please email me directly. I look forward to hearing
from you shortly.

Suzanne Lawrie

School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001

Ph: 08 8357 2591
Fax: 61- (0)8 8201 3521

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