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BZS volunteers to remove invasive plants

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A group of volunteers from the Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] will work to eradicate invasive plants at Admiralty House Park.

A spokesperson said: ‘To pave the way for a new Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] Micro Forest plot, this Saturday, October 15, the BZS Weekend Warriors will begin removing invasive Japanese Pittosporum and Chinese palms from Admiralty House Park.

“The BZS Weekend Warriors are a group of volunteers who meet regularly to help guard Trunk Island, the BZS ‘living classroom’. This Saturday, the group will channel their passion for the natural environment and begin the removal of two invasive plant species in Admiralty House Park.

Drone image of the felling area at Admiralty House Park

“The removal of invasive species is a key part of managing BZS micro-forest patches, as these plants outcompete native flora and fauna. They can have aggressive root systems that spread long distances from from a single plant, allowing it to spread rapidly and crowd out native and endemic plants, reduce biodiversity, compete with native organisms for limited resources, and alter habitats.

“Invasive species tend to grow faster and are more easily dispersed than our native and endemic species, so removing them is important to give planted plots the best chance of survival.

“The BZS Micro-Forest Project uses the Miyawaki method, developed by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, to grow compatible native and endemic species. The approach involves planting dozens of native species best suited to the local environment in the same area, with the forest becoming maintenance-free after the first three years.

Admiralty House Park Bermuda October 14, 2022 (2)

“The goal of this public-private partnership tree-planting project is to support local and migratory wildlife and expand experiential learning opportunities that help students discover the benefits of trees, conserve our natural resources and promote environmental stewardship.

“The shared mission of BZS and BAMZ is to inspire appreciation and care for island environments, and as a supporting charity for BAMZ, BZS is an example of a very successful public/non-profit partnership .

“Each year, the BZS offers more than 8,000 free educational experiences through our Stempel Foundation BZS school program, in addition to popular community programs for all ages, BAMZ exhibit development, and conservation programs and of research. Each year, BZS volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of valuable animal husbandry support to the aquarium and zoo, with all programs accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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