Category: Plant Ecology

The Bird Debate

 To coincide with the Beech Mast Season of 2014-2015 the Department of Conservation will extend their predator control program in 2014 with the  $21 million “Battle for our Birds”. This will see increased aerial 1080 drops in South Island native forests to counter the expected increase in predator numbers following the anticipated beech mast season.…

Creating Coastal Conservationists

Company sponsorship of small projects in the community is a rewarding way to contribute in a significant way to local environmental projects. Spiralis Ltd has contributed for the last three years to a joint initiative between local environmental group Save the Otago Peninsula and Portobello School in re-establishing the endemic sand sedge pikao (Ficinia spiralis) at Allan’s…

Portobello School’s Pikao Planting Day

With some tough wind and sea conditions on the Otago Peninsula and a tired sea-lion weighing several hundred kilogram’s squashing pikao (Ficinia spiralis) while it snoozes in comfort, Allan’s Beach has had some tough times to deal with lately. A combination of south-westerly and easterly swells and high tides have  continued to erode the foredune toe of the area and along the beach for nearly 600-800…

Problems with Plants

When you work with plants you face a broad range of problems and challenges getting them established in a conservation context. You worry about your site selection, choice of species, whether its too wet or too dry and ultimately you can only hope that your training and instinct is enough to ensure that your hard work and planning creates…

Spiralis Ltd Sponsors Pikao Planting

Pikao or pingao (Ficinia spiralis) is a beautiful golden sedge that once covered the coastal sand dunes from Northland to Stewart Island. In Otago pikao is largely missing from the coastal dune systems where it was once  prevalent due to imported marram grass (Amophila arenaria) that has largely dominated dune systems since its introduction in the 1890’s. Today, on the Otago…

Craigieburn Award

Congratulations to the Dunedin Amenities Society for being awarded the Taylor Shield at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards recently. The award for the Craigieburn Reserve near Ross Creek recognises the restoration of a unique ecological and heritage site that provides a wonderful glimpse into early colonial Dunedin. Paul Pope from Spiralis has project managed the undertaking, supervising the…