Resources on weed and biocontrol lessons and activities for teachers and students.
We are using this platform to share our weed observations and images and obtain identifications from a community of experts. For smartphones, NatureWatch NZ uses the iNaturalist app - see http://naturewatch.org.nz/pages/mobile_apps_nz. Smartphones will be given to schools as prizes.
This key is used for weed identification. It is a powerful identification tool that includes 650 species and 11,000 images.
Free copies of this popular guidebook are given to each participating school.
Plant Me Instead Booklets and other giveaways are given to each participating school. Weedbusters is all about working together to stop weedy plants taking over New Zealand’s amazing natural areas.
Free copies this booklet are provided to the students. This manual lists more than 160 species banned from sale and distribution in New Zealand. Its purpose is to prevent the propagation and spread of pest plants through the commercial and casual trade.
The Allan Herbarium is at Landcare Research in Lincoln, Canterbury. We host students and train them in pressing, mounting, databasing and depositing the weed specimens they collected in the field. This Nationally Significant Collection is the largest herbarium in New Zealand and houses >630,000 plant specimens.
Students tour this facility and learn about biocontrol. The containment facility at Landcare Research, Lincoln, is where biocontrol agents are held in containment to assess them for field release.
The Department of Conservation and Weedbusters have recently launched their ‘War on Weeds’ campaign and are helping us with our UCM ‘Winning the War Against Weeds’ project.