Blackberry Spraying

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Subject: Blackberry Spraying
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 20:09:01 +1100
Hi Birders,
I have enjoyed reading the correspondence about Blackberry spraying but I do think that too many people make it very difficult for the land managers to carry out their control of this noxious weed.

I feel that Mike Tarburton is being abit naive about suggesting that we should not spray blackberries during the Superb Fairy-wren breeding season. Here in coastal NSW, Fairy-wrens and Scrub-wrens start nesting in July and in March they are often still breeding. To tell Land Managers therefore that they can only spray April to June, is a bit much.

Both White-cheeked and New Holland Honeyeaters and Little Wattlebirds here in NSW are known to have breeding season from April-July and from Sep-Dec, however I expect some nest all year around, so probably whenever you are going to spray there is some bird nesting. Noxious weeds have to be removed at all costs and if we dilly dally because some bird is breeding, it will never get done.

By all means the Land Managers should consult the community on weed spraying but they need better support for this essential work in removing noxious weeds than some of our correspondents are giving them. Believe you me, it is very easy for land managers to justify doing nothing when all they get is criticism for doing what is essential work.

Alan Morris
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