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FREE EcoVineyards field session – Riverland

April 28, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join viticulturist Dr Mary Retallack and a range of special guests to learn about the EcoVineyards project and how native insectary plants are being used by grape growers to benefit their vineyards. This free event includes morning tea and lunch for all attendees.

The EcoVineyards concept incorporates native insectary plants to create biodiverse ecosystems in and around vineyards. These plants support populations of insect predators, insectivorous birds and microbats, which contribute towards biocontrol of vineyard pests and may ultimately lead to reduced input costs and the use of chemicals. At the field session, grape growers will discover how the project works with practical EcoVineyards demonstrations and local EcoGrowers available to answer questions about their EcoVineyards projects.

If you would like to attend this free event, please register via the Wine Grape Council of South Australia Eventbrite page. For more information, contact Lisa Bennier, WGCSA Business Manager at lisa@wgcsa.com.au or 0419 039 508.


  • 9 – 9:10am: Introductions
  • 9 – 10am: An introduction to the EcoVineyards project, functional biodiversity enhancement (good bugs, biocontrol, native insectary plants and practical examples) by Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture.
    • EcoVineyards fact sheets
      – An introduction to native insectary plants
      – How to develop a biodiversity action plan (BAP).
      – Pre-European plant community lists for the Riverland
      – Fire resistant insectary plants
  • 9.40 – 10.25am: Meet EcoGrowers Brett Rosenzweig and his demonstration site, with input from Jeremy Nelson & Mary Retallack.
    • Examples
      – Discuss native plant establishment
      – Planting techniques (power planter, Pottiputki, Hamilton planter etc)
      – Microbial activity – calico strips
      – Arthropod sampling (native plants and grapevines)
  • 10.25 – 10.45am: Short morning tea break.
  • 10:45 – 11am: Soil health projects by Jeremy Nelson, Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board.
  • 11 – 11.20am: Meet the EcoGrower Sheridan Alm and an introduction to her project.
  • 11.12 – 11.50am: A focus on predatory birds (insectivorous/raptor birds), ways to attract them to the vineyard and predatory bird perch update with Phil Barron, Barron Environmental
  • 12 – till 1pm: A focus on soil health with Dr Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture and Dr Amanda Schapel, PIRSA.
    – Soil carbon (PIRSA project results) and Condy’s crystals test
    – Predatory arthropods (in field assessment)
    – Water infiltration (infiltrometer ring test)
    – Soil resistance (penetrometer)
    – Soil temperature (in field and handheld thermometers)
  • 1pm: Catered lunchThis project is supported by the Murraylands and Riverlands Landscape Board’s Grassroots Grants Program, and is funded by the landscape levy.This project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through funding from Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

 2021 EcoVineyards Field Session - Riverland image


0419 039 508


Rosy Ridge Vineyard
364 Katarapko Crescent
Winke, South Australia 5343 Australia
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