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Identify pampas from privet with new user guide

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:15 a.m.

A handy user guide to the pest animals and pest plants of the Bay of Plenty and is now available to help identify which pesky creepers and creatures shouldn't be growing in your garden or on your land.

Pests of the Bay of Plentyhas photos and colour-coded classifications of the region's pest animals and pest plants, to help people identify what they are and what their responsibilities are in either controlling or destroying them.

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Bay of Plenty Regional Council Land Management Manager - Rotorua, Greg Corbett, said the booklet is a handy resource for anyone who has trouble distinguishing their pampas from their privet.

"This is an update to a very popular booklet we first published about eight years ago," Mr Corbett said. "From those who work on the land to those who want to make sure they're not cultivating prohibited or restricted pests in their backyard garden, we've had a great response to it and we hope the updated version is just as popular."

The booklet is a companion guide to the full Bay of Plenty Regional Pest Management Plan 2011 - 2016 and every plant and animal listed is accompanied by a colour photograph to make identification easier.

"The updated Plan has also introduced a classification system, which sets out the different levels of management that are required for different pests, according to how severe their threat is to the region.

"We hope that this makes it faster for people to work out what needs to be done should they have pests on their property. There is also support that the regional council can provide depending on the level of pest threat, and these details are included in the booklet."

For pest control advice please call the Regional Council on 0800 884 880 and ask to speak to a Biosecurity or Land Management Officer.

 

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Further information

The Regional Pest Management Plan 2011 - 2016

The Regional Council has developed the Regional Pest Management Plan to direct management of pests in the Bay of Plenty. It provides an agreed context for pest management actions, guides decision-makers in prioritising and allocating resources, ensures a consistent response to pest risks, allows rules to be made and provides transparency around roles and responsibilities.

Pest Classifications

Agency Pests

Top priority pests of national significance. Regional Council supports Crown-led control initiatives and land occupiers and agencies have rules to adhere to.

Examples:didymo, Johnson grass, rainbow lorikeets and feral sika deer.

Eradication/Exclusion Pests

Pests which need to be eradicated or prevented from entering the region. The Regional Council takes a lead role in controlling these pests, as well as enforcing rules and monitoring work. There are also rules for land occupiers and agencies.

Examples:alligator weed, spartina, koi carp and rooks.

Containment Pests

Pests which need to be minimised and prevented from spreading. Land occupiers are responsible for controlling these pests, and Regional Council enforces rules, and supports and helps coordinate voluntary programmes.

Examples:wild kiwifruit and lodgepole pine, woolly nightshade and climbing spindleberry.

Restricted Pests

Regional Council will support community-led control in places where they are a problem.
Examples: agapanthus, coastal banksia, magpies and possums.

Pests of the Bay of Plenty booklet cover lowres