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04 December 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of November

This was our second busiest November of the last 6 years, with 146 hours of effort recorded, 114 hours spent on the Reserve and 32 hours on the neighbouring paddocks. This brought the total for the season to date (since 1 July) to 400 hours, 35% (104 h) more than last season, but close to the average of the previous 5 seasons (286 h). The amount of time spent on the Reserve itself was 47% more than last season, but close to the average of the previous 5 seasons (186 h).

St. John's Wort and Verbascum dominated the effort for the month (55% of total effort) and are also the weeds receiving most effort in the season to date, followed by Saffron thistles, miscellaneous Broadleaf weeds and African Lovegrass. 67% of total effort for the month was spraying.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


04 November 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of October

This was our busiest October of the last 6 years, with 157 hours of effort recorded, 133 hours spent on the Reserve and 24 hours on the neighbouring paddocks. This brought the total for the season to date (since 1 July) to 255 hours, 38% (70 h) more than last season, but about the same as the two seasons before that. The amount of time spent on the Reserve itself was 77% more than last season, but almost exactly the same as the average of the previous 5 seasons (181 h).

Verbascum and St. John's Wort dominated the effort for the month (63% of total effort) and are also the weeds receiving most effort in the season to date, followed by Saffron thistles and miscellaneous Broadleaf weeds. 75% of total effort for the month was spraying.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


07 October 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated

Two new reports have been uploaded - the annual summary/review of the 2014-14 weeding season and the weeding effort report for the first three months of the 2015-16 season.

The first three months of the season were fairly quiet, as usual, with 97 hours total effort, exactly the same as for last year.

The main paddock targeted was Bottom Pinnacle (39 hours). The main weed targeted was Saffron thistles (34 hours, mostly spraying), with the grubbing of miscellaneous Broadleaf weeds also receiving a large amount of effort (25 hours).

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


12 July 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of June

June weed control was dominated by Saffron thistles, with spraying of emerging rosettes (to get a head start for spring) and bagging of those plants that managed to reach maturity. Significant effort was also spent grubbing Broadleaf weeds and Verbascum in high value areas on the Reserve. Together these accounted for 85% of the June effort.

The season to date has been dominated by Saffron thistles, St. John's wort, Verbascum and the grouping of thistles other than Saffron thistles, all of which have received more than 160 hours of effort.

The total effort for the season to date was 10% less than that for the same period last season, but we are confident the the high priority weed are being adequately controlled. Effort on the Reserve was 63% of the total effort.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


08 June 2015:    fotpin member David Tongway honoured in the Queen's Birthday list

David Tongway, a member of fotpin since its inception, was honoured by being made a member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia today.

His award was for "significant service to science and research in the area of land management through the development of Landscape Function Analysis".

Indeed it is just such a service that David has provided to fotpin, training other members in LFA and overseeing it's application on the Pinnacle Nature Reserve, as well as advising generally on, and assisting with implementation of, erosion control. He has also given his time to provide similar assistance to other ParkCare groups.

David has been an eager and active participant in other fotpin activities as well, as far as permitted by his busy schedule travelling Australia and the World applying his unique methodology.

Congratulations David for contributions deservedly honoured today.


07 June 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of May

May weed control was dominated by Verbascum and thistles (both Saffron thistles and all other thistles), together accounting for 71% of the total effort. Miscellaneous Broadleaf weeds, St. John's wort and Nightshade were the only other weeds receiving significant attention.

The season to date has been dominated by Saffron thistles, St. John's wort, Verbascum and the grouping of thistles other than Saffron thistles, all of which have received more than 160 hours of effort.

The total effort for the season to date was 11% less than that for the same period last season, but we are confident the the high priority weed are being adequately controlled. Effort on the Reserve was 63% of the total effort.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


06 May 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of April

April weed control was dominated by thistles other than Saffron thistles and Briars, which contributed 62% of the total effort. Verbascum, St. John's wort and Horehound were the only other weeds receiving significant attention.

The season to date has been dominated by St. John's wort, Saffron thistles, the grouping of other thistles and Verbascum, all of which have received more than 100 hours of effort.

The total effort for the season to date was 14% less than that for the same period last season, but we are confident the the high priority weed are being adequately controlled. Effort on the Reserve was 69% of the total effort.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


07 April 2015:    Autumn Walks sand Events Program

Our annual Autumn walks and events program has just been finalised and kicks off on 17th April. It includes the ever-popular bird walk led by John Brannan (17th April), a small planting event to enhance the shrublayer and groundcover along the track leading down to the dam (26th April), and a new walk focussing on sharing with participants photographic evidence of the changes to the Reserve since the park care plantings in the 1990s as well as more recent plantings, showing some of fotpin's progress and challenges in the battle against invasive weeds and with erosion and feral pest management.

For more details, see What's on or the walks poster [ pdf 273 kB].


06 April 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of March

March weed control was dominated by thistles other than Saffron thistles, Verbascum and miscellaneous Broadleaf weeds.

The same weed types dominated the season to date with the addition of by Saffron thistles and St. John's wort.

The total effort for the season to date was 15% less than that for the same period last season, but we are confident the the high priority weed are being adequately controlled. Effort on the Reserve was 76% of the total effort.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


04 March 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of February

February weed control was dominated by Verbascum and St. John's wort, the former flourishing after the wet December and January and the latter having an extended season for the same reason.

The season to date has been dominated by Saffron thistles and St. John's wort. Significant effort has also been spent on the Verbascum thistles other than Saffron grouping, Paterson's curse, combined miscellaneous broadleaf weeds, Briars and African lovegrass.

The total effort for the season to date was 19% less than that for the same period last season; effort on the Reserve was 77% of the total effort.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


03 March 2015:    Cleaning Up The Pinnacle

Thanks very much to those who answered the call to help clean up the Reserve on "Clean Up Australia" day last Sunday (1st March). Our primary target was collection of old rubbish left on the Reserve since before it was established (old sheets of iron, old fencing materials,builders rubble, etc) as well as more recent rubbish such as car tyres. It was pleasing that there was not too much general litter, the result of a combination of the responsible attitude taken by most of the Reserve users and the diligent efforts on a regular basis by other Reserve users who remove any litter they find.

We surprised both ourselves and Parks with the amount of rubbish, seen below, that needed to be taken away for disposal.

clean up day 2015



02 February 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of January

January weed control was dominated by St. John's wort, Briars and Saffron thistles, which together accounted for 71% of the 158 hours of effort for the month.

The season to date has also been dominated by Saffron thistles and St. John's wort. Significant effort has also been spent on the thistles other than Saffron grouping, Paterson's curse, combined miscellaneous broadleaf weeds, Briars, Verbascum and African lovegrass.

The total effort for the season to date was 33% less than that for the same period last season; effort on the Reserve was 78% of the total effort.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.


03 January 2015:    Weeding effort summary updated to end of December

The weeding effort for the first six months of the 2014-15 weeding season has been summarised. The total effort for the season to date is 40% less than that for the same period last season; effort on the Reserve was 71% of the total effort.

Effort for December (52 hours) was the lowest in the last 5 seasons. The main weed types on which effort was spent in December were (in order, largest effort first) St. John's wort, African Lovegrass, Verbascum, Saffron thistles and miscellaneous Broadleaf weeds.

For the season to date the main weed types have been Saffron thistles, St. John's wort, the grouping of Thistles other than Saffron thistles, Paterson's curse, miscellaneous Broadleaf weeds and Verbascum.

See the weeding effort page and associated links to maps and charts for more details.

 


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