Jobs for Nature Update 8 April 2021
Planting season has begun (albeit somewhat drier than desired) and, as well as getting new plants in the ground, the Jobs for Nature crew is helping out with weed competition around previous plantings – pre-spraying prep and spraying. Rabbit control continues – primarily fence checking, maintenance and a lot of new rabbit netting going on recently with a helping hand from the team.
Ash, our science coordinator, is training teams to carry out biodiversity monitoring activities, including visual soil assessments, bird counts, macroinvertebrate testing, eDNA sampling in streams, and establishing vegetation photo points. We’ve designed this monitoring package to provide farmers with baseline systems and information to fulfil industry and regulatory obligations.
We are starting to roll out a woody weed control support programme. We’re keen to chat to landowners who would be interested in this work, so please get in touch if this is of interest.
We’ve also started a possum monitoring pilot programme up the Cardrona Valley and behind the scenes we’re pulling together a workplan for how the Jobs for Nature programme can assist farmers with carbon planning.
Upper Clutha Action Group Catchup – 30th March, 2021
Thank you to all who came, or contributed to, the Action Group Catchup last week. Carbon was noted as a priority topic over the next year by a number of groups, and staying ahead of new policies and regulations one of the biggest challenges.
He Waka Eke Noa – GHG Farm Planning Guidelines
He Waka Eke Noa have released a farm planning guidance document to equip farmers to measure, manage and reduce on-farm agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.