Looking At Landcare (4/5/2018) – Barry Sampson Biological Controls Workshop

Hi Landcarers

Central West Lachlan Landcare are pleased to welcome Barry Sampson to Parkes on Wednesday, 9 May. Barry has presented several workshops in our area in the past and will be once again speaking about weeds in our area and biological controls. 

Broadly speaking, biological weed control is the use of an agent in order to control weeds, rather than using chemicals.

Biological agents, including weevils, moths, mites, beetles and rusts, are available for problematic weeds such as St John’s wort, horehound, Paterson’s curse, thistle, dock, prickly pear, blackberry, heliotrope and thorn apple.

The larvae and adults feed on the crown, leaves and roots, leading to the death of the plant or reducing seed production. This reduces the density and vigour of weed plants, so they are far more manageable.

Our presenter, Barry Sampson from WeedBioControl, will be available to discuss the biological control options for a number of local problem weeds, including horehound, Paterson’s curse, blackberry, Scotch Thistle and Tiger and Prickly Pears, and will demonstrate how to find and spread the various agents around for each weed. The day’s program will very much be directed by the participants and their interests in particular weeds.

Barry Sampson has had more than 30 years experience in the biological control of weeds, having worked primarily with NSW Department of Primary Industries in a number of different biological weed control projects before setting up his own business.

Many people are driven towards biological controls to reduce their chemical use on weeds. The key to sustainable weed management is an integrated program using biological, mechanical and chemical control.

The workshop will start with morning tea at 10am and a relaxed and casual morning presentation and discussion of the particular local weeds that participants are concerned about, and their individual biological control options. After lunch we will head out into the field and look closely at the control agents and how to spread them on our own properties.

There is a long history and interest in the biological control of weeds in our area and we are pleased to also have We are also pleased to have some local insight into local biological controls with input from the Parkes Shire Council Weeds Officer

We are inviting any interested people to come along to the day. You don’t need to be a landholder.

Due to the dry conditions and forecast conditions, we are doing our best to deliver workshops in our area free of charge to attendees, but appreciate your RSVP to make this possible. This workshop is also free, but RSVP is required to either 02 6862 4914, cwllpo@hotmail.com or go to www.stickytickets.com.au/67639

There are a couple of other events coming up in our area that might be of interest to you. The National Parks Association Lachlan Valley Branch are holding a Gum Swamp Bird Survey this Saturday, 5 May. Walkers are asked to meet at Forbes Railway Station at 0915. This will be an easy, 2 kilometres. Please contact walk leader Martin Bell the evening before the walk on 0429 346 586.

We are pleased to be commencing work on the PAC Park Waterwise Garden on Saturday, 12 May. Have you been promising some time with mum for Mother’s Day? This is your opportunity to put your time where your mouth is! Together with NorthParkes Mine and Parkes Shire Council we will be holding a community planting morning commencing at 10am. More details next week or via facebook.

For more information about anything in this article, please contact Central West Lachlan Landcare on 02 6862 4914, cwllpo@hotmail.com, facebook or our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

 Until next week, happy Landcaring!