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EcoVineyards field walk with practical demonstrations

Thursday, 16 December 2021, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm ACDT
The Islander Estate Vineyards, 639 Bark Hut Road

Please join viticulturist Dr Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture Pty Ltd, bird expert Phil Barron, Barron Environmental and KI native plant guru Veronica Bates, KI Landscape Board, in the field to learn about the EcoVineyards project and how native insectary plants are being used by grape growers to benefit their vineyards. These insights are applicable to a wide range of horticultural crops.

The EcoVineyards approach incorporates native insectary plants to create biodiverse ecosystems in and around horticultural systems. These plants support populations of insect predators, insectivorous birds, and microbats, which contribute towards biocontrol of vineyard pests and may ultimately lead to reduced input costs and the use of chemicals.

At this informal EcoVineyards update, participants will hear updates from existing EcoGrowers who will be available to answer questions about their EcoVineyards projects, and we will be launching the ‘Natural predators of vineyard insect pests’ booklet, a guide to the natural enemies of grapevine pests in South Australia, with a hard copy available to each participant to take home on the day.

The presenters will discuss:

Dr Mary Retallack, Viticulturist and Agroecologist, Retallack Viticulture Pty Ltd

  • An introduction to the EcoVineyards project and functional biodiversity enhancement.
  • Information on native insectary plants, biocontrol options of insect pests and different ways of assessing arthropods (insects and spiders) in the field (practical demonstration).

Phil Barron, Bird and native plant expert, Barron Environmental

  • How to manage pest bird species and attract insectivorous and predatory bird species to your property (field walk).

Veronica Bates, Nursery Manager, KI Landscape Board

  • An introduction to native plants on KI (nursery ordering process) and planting tips and tricks for success.

Drinks and nibbles and a copy of the booklet Natural predators of vineyard insect pests will be available for all attendees.

If you would like to attend this free event, please register via the Eventbrite page.

For more information, contact:

Mary Retallack, email: or

Cassandra Douglas-Hill (Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator), email:

This project is supported by the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, through funding from Australian Government's National Landcare Program.