Protecting Epacris virgata at Tolosa

Tuesday 7 Oct 08

Showers meant we needed coats on for the initial task of checking previously worked areas for seedlings of Erica and Radiata pine and happily very few were found, although a few re-sprouting Erica were located. With improving weather we moved onto two pockets of Erica close to the creek and cleared both. The southerly site had very few Epacris virgata bushes, but the other had quite a number and they were all growing in very close proximity to the invading Spanish Heath making it slow work picking the correct trunk to cut.

The Epacris was in flower but many of them appeared to be suffering from the spate of dry years. The best specimens were close to the creek and a patch of quite large bushes was discovered a short distance up the slope on the northern side of the creek.

Some patches of Erica remain for primary work at a future date. One small Holly bush was discovered in the creek plus Elishas Tears , small pullable radiata pines and a couple of larger pines that will need trunk injections.

Other photos from the day can be viewed at http://peterjf.jalbum.net/wellington/

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The Epacris we are keeping the Erica away fromĀ  Epacris virgata

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