Middle Beach flora corridor

A native flora corridor was planted on the outskirts of Middle Beach recently in a bid to provide shelter for local and migratory birdlife, lizards and small animals.

Friends of Middle Beach Incorporated (FOMBI) led the project, with Adelaide Plains Council supporting and providing assistance through its coastal conservation officer, while volunteers from the Friends of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS) helped get the job done.

More than 600 seedlings were planted on the strip of land, which is situated on the outskirts of Middle Beach, about one kilometre from the township, and incorporates the town’s waste water treatment scheme, where treated water is dispersed via a series of “wobblers” or sprinklers.

FOMBI president John Drexel said the group recently received a $2875 Community Environment Grant from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and while an initial idea to establish a woodlot in the area never gained traction, the work done by volunteers was critical for the flora and fauna of the area.

“Re-vegetating the coastline formerly cleared of native flora is important in attracting both local and migratory birds,” Mr Drexel said.

“The plantings complement the several thousand native plants already growing in protective tree guards just south of the site.”

Mr Drexel said it was important to have mass plantings of native flora rather than single rows along fence lines.

“This provides dense, protective cover and travel corridors for the native birds and reptiles, as well as a source of food for several species,” he explained.

“The natives we have now planted are mostly groundcovers and low to medium shrubs, so I would like to see some taller species added in the future.”

Mr Drexel hopes FOMBI can source future grants to enable the entire 1.5 ha site to be revegetated in years to come, with seedlings grown and sourced from the local Two Wells Community Nursery.

For more information about FOMBI or to get involved look them up on Facebook or contact John Drexel on 0406 553 905.

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