Bridal Creeper biocontrol distribution project
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.
IN (i.e. what the PHBG will be doing …)
Inside operational area
Promoting reporting opportunities to landholders to collect infestation information
Mapping public BC infestations and providing access for interested landholders
Promoting collection instructions
OUT (i.e. what the PHBG will not be doing …)
Outside operational area
Collecting the rust
General provision of rust
Providing site details on private land
On ground control activities
Annually, according to the timeline set out by DPIRD.
Newsletter promotion during peak control times
Increase awareness of the availability and use of the BC rust
Increase the amount of BC rust being spread across the PHBG operational area
Engaging with landholders to report BC areas via social media ( 2 x posts)
Promotion of BC areas to landholders via newsletter
Promotion of BC areas to landholders via social media ( 2x posts)
One media release during peak control season for BC
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Number of BC reports
Media release before peak control season ends
Number of landholders provided with BC rust collection and redistribution resources