Bombing the world for fun and biodiversity

I dedicate this post to Eryn McYeti Jackson, who knows the pain of losing a forest she loves. Bombs away Eryn !

Let me pre-empt this post by saying YES, I do believe that the ETs have encouraged me to care about the LIFE and biodiversity of this planet !


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Some of you will know that I have actively been engaged in revegetating native landscapes now for about 16 years. I’ve managed large scale revegetation projects with community groups and farmers, I’ve revegetated my own farm and I’ve revegetated other public spaces. In my mind the number one problem facing Earth is the loss of biodiversity. So I am actively engaged in doing my part, to make things a little better and to restore some level of biodiversity where I can.

Replanting trees isn’t the same as having a forest or a community of plants. Revegetation is un-natural and it takes to time to establish a new ecosystem. But after protecting remnant vegetation, revegetation is the best way to restore biodiversity. When you revegetate land, you create the foundation for the return of new plants, animals, fungi and microbes to return and you help lay the foundation for the development of new ecosystems.

There are several methods that I have used to do revegetation. These include :

  • Direct seeding – in which you lightly plough a space and scatter seed into the area, compress it and let nature do the rest.
  • Seedlings – in which you plant various sized seedlings that have been grown in a nursery.
  • Hand sowing – in which you rake an area or dig a small hole and plant seeds (I did the later for much of our property and when planting in public spaces).
  • Seed bombing – in which you bury seeds in little mud or dirt balls and throw them systematically into areas you want revegetated. (This idea appears to have originated centuries ago in Japan.)

The greatest challenges to revegetation, are getting people to do the hard work (school groups were often the best solution), having viable seeds and plants and keeping weeds at bay.

The one method that I found overcame most of these challenges were seed bombs – a method that is greatly under appreciated – especially in native revegetation circles. If like me, you live in a country who’s native vegetation has been decimated (the state of Victoria in Australia has less than 11 % of it’s original vegetation) – you may feel there is little you can do to offset the problem of ecosystem destruction. This is where seed bombs can be highly effective.

Inside a seed bomb, you create an environment that is conducive to accelerating the growth of seeds. And lets face it, making mud/dirt balls is fun and throwing them like a maniac, is even more fun !

Many people are against drones. I have nothing against the development of drones. But like everything, the application of drones has two aspects – one we might consider bad and insidious and another that we might consider good and useful. Some people are now exploring the use of drones in major seed bombing projects and I think that’s a wonderful application of the technology. Of course there isn’t much difference between a plant seed bomb and a chemical seed bomb ! That’s where we need transparency in how these technologies are being applied.

I can imagine that there are many places where systematic seed bombing with drones will completely transform the landscape and I commend those people who have started using drones for this purpose ! I imagine that in years to come it will be the most common method for revegetating large scale areas and places that are inaccessible.

If drones can drop up to a billion seed bombs a year, then it would be possible to rebuild new ecosystems, at a rate that is far faster than anything we’ve ever been able to do before. These rates are almost on par with the rate at which we are destroying ecosystems !

Bioterrorism ! Yep, it’s terrifying ! But it doesn’t have to be ! Seed bomb away !

Disclaimer : Seed bomb what belongs.



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About brightgarlick

Ecclectic kinda guy, who loves life and saviours each day as it is.

Posted on April 3, 2016, in Biodiversity Loss, Revegetation and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I enjoyed reading Bright. At first glance at the title I thought it was going to be a negative post. You fooled me. 😊 I got a real good chuckle out of it. A very good post and important one.


  2. Cool with drone-seeders, those drones can be used for so much by the public now, only the fantasy stops their potential use.
    Cheers Bright 😉

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