Drivers warned against stopping to pick blackberry bushes

Safety concerns: Blackberry bushes are common on roadsides across the Fleurieu. Photo: File.

Safety concerns: Blackberry bushes are common on roadsides across the Fleurieu. Photo: File.

With blackberries currently in season in South Australia, an increasing number of people have been observed picking wild bushes along roadsides.

The activity has raised a number of safety concerns and generated chatter across local community pages on social media.

A number of hotspots for pickers along Victor Harbor Road have drawn specific criticism, given safety concerns for pedestrians and other road users.

An Alexandrina Council spokesperson said the council discouraged the picking of blackberries given the risks associated with stopping on 100km/h roads, plus the potential that bushes have been sprayed with chemicals.

"Blackberries are a declared weed and under our Roadside Vegetation Management Plan and are controlled by council's field staff, however we avoid doing so while they are in flower/fruit," the spokesperson explained.

"We do not encourage the picking of the declared weed blackberry on any roadside verges as we cannot guarantee that chemicals are not used by DIT management roads within our council region, or by private property owners who may manage blackberry weeds on the verge in front of their property," the spokesperson added.

The blackberry season in SA is Summer and Autumn.