Robins, Babblers and Blackberry control

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Subject: Robins, Babblers and Blackberry control
From: "Richard Summerrell" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:46:05 +1100
I need to control (spray) blackberry bushes on my block but am concerned that this should not have any adverse consequences for the resident populations of Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin or White-browed Babbler (or any other species for that matter) that use the areas concerned. Since purchasing the block 5 years ago this is my first attempt at blackberry control.
HANZAB does not mention blackberries as habitat of any sort for any of the aforementioned species, but I have seen W-b Babblers using the blackberry bushes year-round (though for breeding, foraging or just low-end accommodation I'm not sure). Although physical removal of blackberries (once they have succumbed to spraying) is generally required to destroy regrowth, at this stage I am not planning to remove the dead blackberry bushes for fear of wiping out important habitat for native species.
Any advice on how I should proceed with regard to spraying and follow-up action to minimise the impact on the surrounding environment and wildlife would be much appreciated.
Richard Summerrell
Frogmore, NSW
Lat 34 16 47S, Long 148 49 15E
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