Bridal creeper is a threat to natural bushland areas and is a rising concern with landholders across the PHBG operational area. Bridal creeper flowers in spring, dies back in summer and then reshoots in autumn. It’s large underground root system impacts natural regeneration by preventing native seedlings from establishing.
Bridal creeper has an introduced biological control agent (Bridal Creeper Rust) that is easy to collect and spread by individuals. The rust reduces the ability of bridal creeper to reproduce and has been an effective way to control infestations, however it does not eradicate the weed entirely.
Through this project the PHBG will increase support to landholders wanting to collect and spread the BC rust, to assist their control efforts, by mapping and providing information on locations that the BC rust is active. The PHBG has produced a PDF with instructions on collection and spreading the rust, this information will be distributed during the rust’s active seasons to encourage uptake of the project.