Horseshoe Island Weed Blitz – Again

Horseshoe Island Weed Blitz - Roger Grace

Horseshoe Island Weed Blitz - Roger Grace

On Sunday 3rd July the Whangateau HarbourCare Group and several helpers from the local community, Forest and Bird, and DOC cleared wattles and a few small gorse plants from Horseshoe Island in the Whangateau Harbour. “Last year we missed our regular weeding and the wattles had got away again”, said Roger Grace of the Harbour Care group. “If we keep on to it annually we can simply pull the new wattle seedlings out of the sandy soil, but this time they had grown to three or four metres high and needed cutting off at the base and painting with Vigilant gel.”

Horseshoe Island Weed Blitz - Roger Grace

Horseshoe Island Weed Blitz - Roger Grace

We also removed a large patch of South African ice plant growing on the sandy spit at the west end of the island. We got 1.5 cubic metres of ice plant and took it to the green waste bin at the Lawries Road tip where the Auckland Council paid the tip fee. Last summer a pair of variable oystercatchers nested on this area, and the iceplant was encroaching on their breeding site.
Hopefully this year they will have a little more space.

Horseshoe Island Weed Blitz - Roger Grace

Horseshoe Island Weed Blitz - Roger Grace

Comments

  1. Update on 5 April 2012
    Visited Horseshoe Island and noted that the wattle stumps we treated have all died. There are a few gorse plants regrowing and we should have another weed blitz before too long. Roger

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