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Get Amongst It

Bringing a bit of biodiversity into your life is easy and enriching. A great place to start is in our Park Lands, where you can enjoy a visit to our biodiversity areas. You can also follow some of our simple steps to bring birds and butterflies into your own backyard, or get involved as one of our eager volunteers.


Find out more about how to Get Amongst our amazing biodiversity by clicking the titles below:

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Things to Do

It couldn’t be easier to get amongst the amazing biodiversity in our Park Lands. Visit our Key Biodiversity Areas, take a look at our Projects, hike one of our biodiversity trails and more.

Trails

Why not go for a short walk? Our trails will take you on an informative journey through some of the best examples of native vegetation in the city. Browse the trails below to find out where to start.

Victoria Park Biodiversity Trail

girl in pink top reading a bookThis short trail showcases one of our most important biodiversity sites and rare species found in Adelaide, including the Chequered Copper Butterfly (Lucia limbaria) and Swollen Spear-grass (Austrostipa gibbosa).

Every spring, the trail will be signposted for a special activity for children. Your kids will love the blend of nature and history, where they can explore one of Adelaide’s most unique natural habitats. You can download an activity booklet and find out more information here

Find the start of the trail in the southern end of Pakapakanthi / Victoria Park.

If you do visit the Grasslands site, we would be interested to hear from you after your visit! Please share your feedback here.

Bunyip Trail

Bunyip Trail Sign in front of native vegetation and trail

On this trail you can find out how we have improved local biodiversity in the area, participate in activities (PDF activity booklet, 12 pages) and experience how the environment might have been before urbanisation.

You can find the start of the trail in Tulya Wardli / Bonython Park. Click here to find out more.

 

Wirrarninthi Trail

Mallee Box Woodland in WirrarninthiThe Wirrarninthi Interpretive Trail is a nature/art trail that highlights the interesting biodiversity stories of this section of the park, and provides a fun place for children to explore and reconnect with nature.

Access to the trail is via Catholic Cemetery Rd, just off Sir Donald Bradman Drive in the west Park Lands.

Bush Tucker Trail

Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa) closeup of leaf and berryThis trail will take you on a short food-filled journey in the west Park Lands, where you can find iconic examples of ‘Bush Tucker’, such as Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa).

You can find this trail on the north side of Wirrarninthi in the west Park Lands; access is via Catholic Cemetery Rd, just off Sir Donald Bradman Drive.

 

Kaurna Walking Trail

This self-guided tour follows important Kaurna sites around the built and natural environments in the City of Adelaide. Click here to view the trail map. (PDF, 2 pages)

Visit

Picturesque, informative and easily accessible, spending time in one of our many biodiversity areas is an enriching activity that is also great for your health. Start by visiting our Community Education Hub and then move into our Key Biodiversity Areas and Projects. Read on to find out more.

Community Education Hub

The west Park Lands plays host to our Community Education Hub, a multi-use space that features our Wirrarninthi volunteer bushland, Bush Tucker Trail and space for community events and education.

Find this area in Wirrarninthi / GS Kingston Park between West Terrace, Sir Donald Bradman Drive and Catholic Cemetery Rd.

Key Biodiversity Areas

Karrawirra Pari / River Torrens with Eucalypts overhanging water, which is reflecting skyDid you know that there were at least four distinct ecosystems in the city when the Kaurna people were the primary managers of the landscape? You can visit our Key Biodiversity Areas, which we have set aside to make sure these ecosystems are maintained into the future.

 

Click here to find out more about our Key Biodiversity Areas.

 

Projects

South Park Lands Creek Revival with planted native vegetationWe are always working on exciting projects to improve the health of our local environment, such as environmental remediation or installing animal habitat. There are many diverse projects for you to visit and experience.

 

 

Click here to view our biodiversity Projects.

Backyard Biodiversity

Father and daughter planting native plant for bee foodYou can easily bring healthy nature back into your local neighbourhood and encourage native animals like birds into your backyard. This will help to pollinate local plants (including your veggie patch!) and contribute to a healthier local ecosystem.

 

Below you will find a few simple steps you can take to attract biodiversity around your own home.

Plant Indigenous Plants

Planting a range of indigenous plants in your backyard allows native pollinators, such as bees and honeyeaters, to stay in your area year-round. Supporting native pollinators locally is important for ensuring plant populations can reproduce in the future and allows our neighbourhood plant communities to flourish.

Resources

Native Plant Nurseries

Eucalypt seedling in tubestock ready to be planted lying on mulched ground

The following nurseries in Adelaide specialise in native plant species:

Provenance Indigenous Plants

Salisbury Park

0409 675 477

State Flora Nursery

Belair National Park

(08) 8278 7777

Coromandel Native Nursery

Coromandel East

(08) 8388 2777

Photo: Planting native plants encourages animals, such as birds, butterflies and native bees, into your backyard. These animals will also help to keep pest insects away from your vegetable bed and pollinate your brightest flowers.

 Encourage Backyard Bees

Bee hotel showing thousands of holes for bee homes in front of native vegetation.There are over 300 species of native bees around Adelaide and the Mt Lofty Ranges with over 1600 in Australia, ranging from a tiny 2mm, to an amazing 2.5 cm in length! This diversity of native bees and other insect pollinators ensures that most plants are pollinated, can produce seed and then survive in future generations.

Click here to find out how we are helping native bees in our Native Bee BnB project, which is part of the River Torrens Recovery Project.

Most native bees are solitary (meaning they don’t live in colonies) and are non-aggressive, so we can encourage them into our backyards without fear of being stung. In return, they will help to pollinate our flowers, including those in veggie gardens. Click here (2 pages) to see examples of some bees that may take up residence in your yard.

Here are a few easy steps you can take to attract our native bees to your garden:

  • Plant bee food. Click here (PDF, 2 pages) to learn what to plant and other useful tips.
  • Make a Bee Hotel (PDF, 2 pages). These provide homes for bees in areas where there is little natural habitat. The aim in making a Bee Hotel is to imitate different habitat types that bees require using a variety of materials (PDF, 2 pages). Here are some tips:
    • Create bundles of dry, organic tubes with one open end as an entrance. Good examples include bamboo, drilled wooden blocks, pithy stems from reeds, paper straws, etc.
    • Create various sizes of holes (up to 12 mm diameter) in wood and bricks using a drill, or by poking holes in wet clay with sticks
    • Keep the area covered and dry – bees don’t like soggy homes!
  • Save places where native bees make their homes:
    • Keep ‘structural diversity’ in your garden in the form of dead wood and branches, gaps between rocks, the open stems of some plants, etc.
    • Maintain clear, un-mulched small patches of ground in your garden for those bees that raise their young in underground burrows
  • Avoid using pesticides or other synthetic chemicals in your garden.
    • These chemicals can be toxic in low concentrations to small animals such as bees and will decrease the likelihood of native bees surviving in your garden

Photo: The native bee hotel in Tulya Wardli / Bonython Park. A bee hotel in your backyard need not be this big!

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers in Pakapakanthi at a biodiversity event

Are you interested in joining our 150-strong team of volunteers who regularly contribute to important biodiversity projects? Volunteering is fun, rewarding and anyone can do it. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge or experience before you join one of our fantastic teams completing inspiring work on the ground.

Volunteering with us is a great opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in bushcare techniques, revegetation, nursery activities, monitoring, plant and animal identification and more. Volunteers also express their pleasure in other unexpected experiences, such as the opportunity to work as part of a team and with people from across the community, as well as significant health and wellbeing benefits.

Continue reading below about our volunteer projects or click here to find out more about becoming a Volunteer with the City of Adelaide.

Photo: Community members learning about our Pakapakanthi / Victoria Park biodiversity site in May 2018.

Trees for Life’s ‘Bush for Life’ Sites

Bush for Life site sign in front of native vegetationTrees for Life have volunteers working in three Bush for Life sites across the Adelaide Park Lands. Bush for Life volunteers look after valuable remnant vegetation and return it to health using minimal disturbance techniques to encourage regeneration of native species. This work is essential for maintaining our remnant bushland in the best possible condition and we are grateful for our Bush for Life volunteers.

Click here to see what being involved in Bush for Life means (YouTube video, 3 mins).

Hear from a Bush for Life Volunteer

Heather says that she loves “To share with other volunteers the deeply-satisfying task of helping the disappearing natural heritage of the Adelaide Plains to regenerate. Each year we see the area of native grasses, ruby saltbush, chocolate lilies and other pre-European plants (not planted but always there) expand to create a patch of bush that supports birds, butterflies, including the rare Chequered Copper, lizards, ant colonies, native bees, kookaburras and the occasional koala. [This also] gives pleasure to city residents and visitors.”

Photo: Bush for Life environmental restoration site in the south Park Lands.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conservation Volunteers Australia LogoConservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) work alongside the City of Adelaide in community-based projects in the Park Lands. Past projects have included bushland restoration as part of the Green Army program and the Green Gym program, in which elderly people helped to maintain areas of native vegetation and experienced the benefits of being active in nature, working as part of a team and meeting new people.

We are excited about our ongoing collaboration with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Hear from a CVA Volunteer

David says: “I enjoy volunteering with CVA as I love spending time outdoors in the environment. I get to go to nice places that I wouldn’t have thought to go to myself. I also enjoy meeting and talking to other interesting volunteers. Overall, it’s a wonderful way to get out and help the local environment.”

Butterfly Conservation SA

Butterfly Conservation South Australia LogoVolunteers from Butterfly Conservation SA (BCSA) have been integral in developing management actions to ensure the survival of native butterflies, particularly the rare Chequered Copper (Lucia limbaria) in Pakapakanthi / Victoria Park.

Friends of the Chequered Copper is a BCSA volunteer group that aims to ensure the survival of the Chequered Copper Butterfly. The group will work to increase habitat in a dedicated site towards the southern end of Pakapakanthi and regularly monitor populations of this rare species.

We value the ongoing input we receive from BCSA and their efforts to conserve butterflies in the Park Lands.

Click here to find out more about the Chequered Copper Butterfly.

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