Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next working bee will be on Saturday the 10th of May, from 9 am till 1:30 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk along the dog walking track to the beach, head South for 50 m and you will spot us lopping Bitou bush on the front dune. We have completed the follow-up on the 4.75ha. We are now ready to finish off our primary work and new volunteers our welcome. We have 15 pairs of loppers, so if you have some spare time and want to learn how to restore the dunes using chemical-free strategy please come and join us.
Please wear boots, a long-sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, a picnic and beach gear. More information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
A poison blamed for killing hundreds of native birds in New South Wales this week is sprayed on apples, pears, grapes and some stone fruits in WA.
Products containing the insecticide fenthion – used to control fruit fly and other pests – were suspended from use on food producing plants from October 2012 after chemical residue levels were found to be an “unacceptable dietary risk for children and the general population”.
But weeks after the suspension was announced, and following strong backlash from orchardists, officials amended licences allowing its use on crops under new conditions.