Bio-Diversity in Vineyards

Bio-diversity

Maimai Creek Vineyards are a family owned and operated business with a total area of planted vines encompassing 50h. Over the last 5 years we have introduced management strategies to maximise the benefits of the beneficial species that co exist in and around our vineyards including using wild Hawks for bird control and encouraging various insect species to help manage problem insects such as mealy bug and leaf roller caterpillars. We are now seeing the benefits of having these biological helpers in our vineyards with the vines producing fruit of a higher than normal quality.

Planting Areas to Help Attract and Sustain Beneficial Species

We have planted specific areas in and around our vineyards to create a natural border of food and shelter to these various species that we want to preserve and nurture. In the south island there is a push for more bio diversity in vineyards, with the ‘Greening of Waipara’ a flag ship project headed by professor Steve Wratten and his team of dedicated scientist. Steve made contact with us as he was interested in our Hawk programme we have implemented for a means of bird control. We visited Steve at Lincoln University to share ideas on ways to improve bio diversity in vineyards. We left with a greater knowledge of what is needed to improve habitat for benificials in our own vineyards.

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We are proud to sponsor THE RADIO NETWORK SPECIAL CHILDREN'S EXTRAVAGANZA each year.

 

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