WGCSA will be hosting an EcoVineyard field session in the Riverland on Friday, November 27.
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.
Viticulturist Dr Mary Retallack and guest presenters, Phil Barron, Barron Environmental; Dr Amanda Schapel, PIRSA; and Jeremy Nelson, Murraylands and Riverland, will provide information about the project including: Native insectary plant selection and planting techniques; EcoVineyards fact sheets; How to develop a biodiversity action plan (BAP); A focus on soil health; Predatory birds – how to attract them to the vineyard; and the launch of the ‘Key predators of vineyards insect pests’ booklet from Landscape SA.
There will also be an EcoVineyards site walk and a demonstration on how the project works with the local EcoGrowers – Brett Rosenzweig; John and Luke Lory; and Sheridan Alm – available to answer questions about their EcoVineyards projects.
further details and registration instructions are available online.