Biodiversity projects

Working to safeguard biodiversity and sustain healthy natural areas.

The City of Adelaide is continually working on exciting projects to improve the health of our local environment. Water is an essential part of any living system and underpins many of our biodiversity projects. By working to safeguard biodiversity, we can sustain healthy natural areas in which people, plants and animals can live, work and play.

Below are just some of the exciting projects undertaken:

Did you know that over 300 species of native bees live in Adelaide and the Mt Lofty Ranges? Most of these bees live alone and don’t have stingers so they are no threat to humans. Sadly, urban areas don’t provide much food for these bees to survive and our native species often come out second-best to the European honeybee in the struggle to find food and shelter.

That’s where Native Bee BnBs come in!

The Native Bee BnB project is about supporting our native bees by creating a corridor of flowering plants all the way from the Adelaide Hills to the ocean. This exciting project also involves the community - you can get involved by creating your own bee-friendly garden or by visiting one of our native bee hotels.

What are Bee Hotels?

Bee hotels are made from a variety of materials to accommodate many species of native bees. Wooden blocks, bamboo and mud bricks are all common materials found in a bee hotel.

There are three bee hotels installed by the City of Adelaide as part of the project. Find them at:

  • Magic Forest Garden in the Bonython Park /Tulya Wardli playspace
  • GS Kingston Park/Wirrarninthi
  • Mistletoe Park/Tainmuntilla biodiversity site.

Watch the video below to find out how we made the first bee hotel in the Tulya Wardli Magic Forest Garden. 

The City of Adelaide is transforming the stormwater creek in the South Park Lands to improve biodiversity, reduce water speed and provide a space where visitors can connect with nature.

The creek was constructed 100 years ago, so needs an upgrade. The team are taking the opportunity to turn it into a corridor for native biodiversity and visitors. Work has already begun and includes the planting of up to 135,000 plants, including trees, aquatic vegetation and local native shrubs in three parks, Carriageway Park/Tuthangga, Peppermint Park/Wita Wirra and Pelzer Park/Pityarilla (Park 19).

The image below shows the condition of the South Park Lands creek before the revival project commenced.

Before picture showing the biodiversity project at south parklands creek
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The image below shows the condition of the South Park Lands creek after the revival project commenced.

After picture showing the biodiversity project at

Bonython Park/ Tulya Wardli is a hidden natural oasis close to the heart of the city. A concerted revegetation effort has transformed this area of the River Torrens/Karrawirra Pari into a natural riverbank ecosystem from its degraded (unhealthy) state.

You can now visit and walk through this delightful space, which provides an insight into how the area may have been when the Kaurna people were the original inhabitants of the land.

Early stages of the restoration removed large woody weeds such as willow and ash trees, as well as smaller invasive weeds. This was followed by the planting of 100,000 native plants as part of the SA Urban Forest One Million Trees Program. The native vegetation has continued to grow and is providing food and habitat for native animals.

The image below shows Bonython Park/Tulya Wardli riparian restoration efforts.

Biodiversity project tulya wardli creek

Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding these or other biodiversity projects, please contact:

08 8203 7203

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