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15 December 2016:    Weeding effort summary updated

The summary of weeding effort for the 2016-17 season has been updated to the end of November.

The effort for the season to date (253 hours) was the smallest of the last 7 years, and a third less than last year reflecting a large decrease in available volunteer time as well as the very wet winter and early spring. However, the effort in November was close to the average of the preceding 6 years and greater than average for effort spent on the Reserve alone.

The main weeds targeted so far this season were Verbascum (61 hours), St. John's Wort (58 h) and Saffron thistles (54 h), followed by Capeweed (29 h) and Paterson's Curse (25 h). Together, these accounted for 90% of the effort to date.

The main weeds targeted in November were St. John's Wort and Verbascum which together accounted for 70% of the effort.

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


09 November 2016:    Weeding effort summary updated

The first summary of weeding effort for the 2016-17 season is now available.

The first four months of the season have been fairly quiet, with 140 hours total effort, 45% (115 h) less than last season. This reflects a large decrease in available volunteer time as well as the very wet winter and early spring.

The main weeds targeted were Saffron thistles (43 hours), Verbascum (30 hours) and Capeweed (29 hours) which together accounted for 75% of the effort. Paterson's Curse and St. John's Wort also each received more than 10 hours of effort.

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


25 July 2016:    fotpin elects its 7th Coordinating Committee

The 6th fotpin AGM was held on Sunday 24 July at the Weetangera Primary School. The meeting was attended by 15 members.

The meeting was used as an opportunity to discuss a number of issues with members, including issues raised by members themselves. The issues discussed included:

  • review of our weed control strategy in light of the large decrease in effort resulting from Pax’s withdrawal from fotpin activities;

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