Poor Callum Brae - Part 2

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Subject: Poor Callum Brae - Part 2
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 11:44:35 +1000

This morning I visited the dam on Callum Brae, nearest Mugga Lane.  Regular visitors will remember the many superb fairy wrens that used to frequent the blackberry clumps just upstream from the dam.  Those blackberries are now well and truly dead.


Also, much to my surprise - since the rest of Callum Brae appears to be in the pink - the saplings close to the dam appear to be struggling, if not dead.  Worse than that, the old trees also appear to be dying.  I must be a bit slow, but it finally dawned on me that it was no coincidence that the eucalypts within 40 metres of the, now dead, blackberries are 60-70% defoliated. 


One has to wonder sometimes if the zeal with which the custodians of our nature reserves attack their job does more harm than good.


Oh, the rabbits are busy opening up all the ploughed-in warrens, showing that this technique is as effective now as it was around 1950, when my father used to plough them in with a dam-sinking plough.  That was before Larvicide, Myxomatosis and 1080 were used.


Margaret Leggoe

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