Endless summer chasers migrate north

Within our February landcare article I mentioned a project I was involved with which involved catching, tagging and fitting transmitters to a number of migratory shore birds that visit our coastal shores.

I am pleased to share further information on their journey back to the Northern hemisphere.

The Male Grey Plover CAU has departed and as of the 19th April the plover had travelled over 2,400 kilometres over central Australia and near Collier Bay on the Kimberley Coast, Indian Ocean.

Grey Plover CAS had made landfall over 4,460 kilometres in northern Sulawesi Indonesia.

Last year two Grey Plovers were tracked making an epic 15,000-kilometre journey from Thompson Beach to Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean.

For regular up-dates on these birds and more go to the Victorian Wader Studies Group (VWSG) website www.vwsg.org.au and the Grey Plover Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/people/Grey-Plover/100009541537136.

Up to 25,000 birds visit our shores every year.

Our coastal region has some fantastic landscapes and provides many opportunities for recreation.

Walking trails, kayaking, fishing, bird watching and much more.

Native Plant project

I have a lot of people ask me where can I get plants that are indigenous  to our region?

Well, this may be the answer you are looking for.

The 2017 Understory Project is on again.  From April/May to August each year the NRC and Gawler Environment and Heritage Association (GEHA) team up to bring residents of Gawler and surrounding areas the opportunity to purchase cheap locally indigenous plants.

This program will enable landholders to purchase indigenous plants at a reduced price of $26 for 20 plants or $65 for 50 plants. For more information visit the Website: www.nrcgawler.org.au

River Corridors

I recently took one of my family members out who requires the use of a wheel chair for a stroll.

I wanted an area that offers an opportunity to relax and enjoy some time out and just escape for a while from the hustle and bustle of life.

I decided to go to Dead Mans Pass in Gawler.

The great thing about this reserve is that it has a designated walking/bike and wheel chair friendly path that has been constructed within the Gawler river corridor.

I believe the Gawler river system to be one of our greatest natural environmental landscapes.

This river meanders across the Adelaide plains through our region to the sea, within the river corridor remains some of our oldest remanent vegetation left on the Adelaide plains (land from which the native vegetation has not been cleared).

These natural environments are home to many species of birds, bats, frogs, fish and possums just to name a few.

This historic river system passes through our region but unlike Gawler we only have a few locations that enable the community to access this river including Bakers Ford and Angle Vale Bridge.

But if you need wheel chair access to get around and want to enjoy one of nature’s natural wonders then you have to go to Gawler.

I hope that in the future our councils/communities can work together with government agencies to make the Gawler river corridor accessible along its entirety similar to the linear paths along some of our states rivers systems.

Such as the little Para River and Torrens River. I believe the only way we can protect what we have, is if we learn to value them, and this can only be achieved, if we can access these natural environments.

That said my family member had a great time and asked me to mention what a great job Gawler council had done in keeping this reserve clean and free of rubbish.

My next family adventure will be at the only wheel chair friendly walking track within our region, Thompson Beach Southern trail.

This track offers people an opportunity to experience this unspoilt coastal landscape, which has been developed over time by volunteers.

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