Creating natural corridors

More than 600 native seedlings will be planted at Middle Beach in a bid to create natural bush corridors for local birdlife and encourage native fauna to the area.

Friends of Middle Beach (FOMBI) are leading the project, with Adelaide Plains Council supporting and providing assistance through its coastal conservation officer.

FOMBI president, John Drexel, said the land, which is situated on the outskirts of Middle Beach, about one kilometre from the township, incorporates the town’s waste water treatment scheme, where treated water is dispersed via a series of “wobblers” or sprinklers.

The group recently received a $2875 Community Environment Grant from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and hopes to plant the seedlings, complete with protective guards and wooden support stakes, later this month.

“FOMBI identified that planting small to medium-height coastal species would benefit the local environment through revegetating some of the land previously cleared of native flora,” Mr Drexel said.

“The plantings will provide perching habitat for native bush birds and cover for native reptiles, including the sand goanna, that frequent the area.

“The project would also provide a positive can-do mood for the club to build on into the future for other larger projects within the township and surrounds.”

In the past, other community groups had proposed establishing a woodlot for that parcel of council land but lack of funds at the time meant the idea lapsed.

Now, Mr Drexel is excited about the work the group will undertake, saying around 10 native species will be planted in the next month, including Melaleuca (tea tree), Atriplex (saltbush) and Myoporum (bullock bush).

Weed clearance and future plantings of taller species of trees are also being considered by the group for the area.

For more information about FOMBI or to get involved, taking into consideration COVID-19 restrictions, look them up on Facebook or contact John Drexel on  0406 553 905.

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