Calling citizen scientists for local research

Landcare Australia with Mark Webb

The original vegetation of the Northern Adelaide Plains was predominately open grasslands and grassy woodlands but since European settlement native vegetation has been subjected to broad scale clearing resulting in only 14 per cent of pre-European vegetation cover remaining within the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges region.

Mallala and Playford area are within this region with only three per cent of the original vegetation remaining and much of this on roadsides.

Wouldn’t it be great if we as a community could measure what wildlife live within our regions and share this knowledge with other people?

Well this could be the answer; I recently attended a Bio-Blitz held at Carisbrook Park in Salisbury.

Bio Blitz is a project that is run in partnership with University of South Australia, Adelaide Museum and Adelaide University just to name a few.

The aim of this program is to encourage people like you and me to become citizen scientists by collecting data on the types of flora and fauna that live within our region and sharing this information with academic scientists whom are committed to the protection of our ecological communities.

I and a number of parents and children were involved in several workshops including bats, birds, water bugs and frogs, just to name a few, learning about the wildlife around us with environmental scientists.

Our regions boast a number of newly developed ecological environments including schools, wetlands, reserves and your own back yard, all provide the rich diversity that our wildlife depend on.

Young or old, we can all be citizen scientists within our region, and share our experiences with the University of South Australia students and scientists involved in this project.

They will collate and analyse the data, and the information gathered will provide a greater picture of the state of our regions’ ecological health.

For further info please contact: Citizen Science – Research – University of South Australia website.Together we can all make a difference to our environment.

On Saturday September 13 from 1pm – 4.30pm a Birds, Bats & Biodiversity Insect Hotel workshop, will be held at the Playford Operations Centre, 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park.

For further information please contact the City of Playford , Perry Brampton, City Operations on 8256 0410.

Our regions coastal landscapes are one of our greatest environmental assets.

These landscapes have evolved over thousands of years and remain largely untouched.

Unfortunately this cannot be said for the coastal environments along the Adelaide coastline.

With uncontrolled urban development the environment is always the first to go, but there is one such coastal landscape that has withstood the pressures from urban development.

The Tennyson dunes, a small but very important fragmented coastal landscape is one of the last remaining coastal sand dunes remaining within the inner Adelaide region.

I recently received an open invitation for anyone interested in viewing and learning about one of Adelaide’s most significant pre-European barrier costal dunes.

The Tennyson Dunes is located near West Lakes.

This is an opportunity to learn about the geological importance of the Tennyson Dunes and of the plants, animals and birdlife that live and depend on this unique ecological hot spot.

Tennyson Dunes open day Sunday September 28 from 11am–2 pm.

Walks leave from the Tennyson Dunes car park, Military Road, Tennyson.

For further information contact www.facebook.com/TennysonDunesGroup.

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