A perfect solution to targeting invasive weeds at the
Sinclair Wetlands has been found - kayaks.
The 315ha privately owned wetland on the Taieri Plain has
problems with willows, gorse and wilding pines.
Wetland co-ordinator Glen Riley said it was the first time
kayakers had been involved in weed control on the wetland and
their ability to target plants that had grown since the last
operation was crucial to keeping the wetland free of weeds.
''They were able to paddle up and deal with them one by
one,'' he said.
About 14 kayakers took part, some working on the wetland's
islands tackling broom.
Their numbers meant a ''massive'' amount of work had been
done, he said.
''They've all done a great job.''
Their effort to tackle plant life on the wetland followed
another last week, when eight volunteers spent the morning
removing seeds from dried cabbage tree pods at the wetlands.
The seeds were sourced from the wetlands and, once germinated
in trays, would be planted in the wetland.
''We are trying to put back the right plants back in the spot
they belong,'' Mr Riley said.
After lunch, the volunteers, BNZ staff from the Balclutha and
Otago University branches, and Canadian woman Quinn
Andreychuk, who was staying in the wetland accommodation
block in exchange for wetlands work, removed noxious weeds on
Ram Island, where Green Island School pupils planted native
seedlings in 2007-8.
Present pupils of the school visited the wetland last week to
see the past pupils' plantings, Mr Riley said.