The stall was part of the City of Playford's Australia Day celebrations. Check out the photos by scrolling through them above, or view the whole set on Flickr.
Many young - and not so young! - people took their chance to bling-up a Blue-tongue or bejewel a Bearded Dragon! Adjacent stalls allowed for all-age nature play with Natural Resource Management's education unit, and a chance to get up-close to some critters with Animals Anonymous.
It was a great day! Thanks go to all those who took part.
It's one year on from the fire and we've undertaken an annual project to track the recovery of some of our key reserves and roadsides. Check out the first set of comparison photos by scrolling through them above, or view the whole set here.
Contact Bill Doyle: phone 8256 0531, or via email
Buffers to Bushland (Or simply 'Buffers', or B2B) is the council's rural revegetation scheme.
Each year we distribute more than 10 000 local-native tubestock plants to rural properties (and schools) across the city.
Are you the owner or manager of a rural property in Playford? Are you interested in revegetating it? You might wish to register - here's the link to the page that explains how the scheme works.
South Australia has a growing population with new developments and new homes being built, infill developments are putting pressure on our trees plus the added challenges of climate change, drought, heat waves and storms all take their toll on our birds, reptiles and small mammals . Often our wildlife is pushed away from our urban areas in the effort to find new homes.
We have an idea!
You may have noticed Playford is very lucky to be surrounded by so much open space with numerous treed dry-land reserves.
However large numbers of these trees will not produce hollows for many years to come, but with a little help we can overcome this by installing breeding boxes, while nature is slowly creating new homes within our trees.
Here's the link to the page to find out how you can be active with birds, bats, and biodiversity.
Did you know that Playford's entire coastline will become part of this important new sanctuary?
The Northern Foothills Biodiversity and Land Management Program (NFBALM) is an Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board incentive program.
It provides rural landholders and community groups with advice, technical support and funding.
Eligible projects include:
- Revegetation and habitat reconstruction
- Protection of remnant native vegetation
- Weed & feral animal management
- Restoration of watercourses
- Erosion control
- Land class/stock control fencing
- Pasture improvement
For more information on the Northern Foothills Program, here's the link to the page.
Congratulations to all our dedicated volunteers over 3 decades. You've made a real, positive difference to the City - and we couldn't have done it without you!
Playford Greening and Landcare - PGLC - is a volunteer community group that works with council to assist in its revegetation programs
The groups activities include seedling production, seed collection, and tubestock planting. Additionally field trips are undertaken twice a year. Activities generally take place on a Saturday morning, roughly once a fortnight.
The Little Para Seed Orchard, situated adjacent to the Little Para River in Hillbank, is a local-native botanic garden designed and maintained by the City of Playford, assisted by Playford Greening volunteers.
The idea of the seed orchard is to create a central site where seed-collection can be undertaken for the benefit of council's revegetation program. This speeds up the process of collection, allowing the process to be undertaken by small groups who can usually target a range of species simultaneously and move between them very quickly.
Here's the link to the page to find out more.
Local native - or locally-indigenous - plants are those that used to be found in the area prior to settlement and widespread land clearance
Here's the link to the page we've set up to help provide information on those species that are locally-native to the City of Playford.
The video above has been created by the Playford Biodiverity Team, and highlights the council's Horticultural Services trialling the preservation of standing dead street trees where they present significant habitat and amenity value.
How You Can Help Urban Wildlife Chapter 7 - above - is a video excerpt from the University of South Australia and South Australian Museum's 'Adelaide: the Nature of our City' DVD. It features local-native landscaping projects undertaken by the City of Playford, including the Little Para Seed Orchard in Hillbank, Rosewood Park in Elizabeth North, and the Playford Operations Centre in Davoren Park.
The video is available from the Barbara Hardy website for $19.95 including shipping and handling.
(See the Playford Biodiversity YouTube Channel.)
This is a Flickr slideshow featuring the local-native plants of the City of Playford set from our own Flickr site. Click through a sample below, or click the image (or previous link) for the full album.
Please note that the slideshow can be played full-screen by pressing the 4-way arrow button lower right. Drag your pointer to the top of the slideshow screen for options, such as 'show info' - which displays the title and caption for each image - and controlling the speed of the slideshow.
(See the Playford Biodiversity YouTube Channel.)
Here's a useful video - one of several available - on how to handle chemicals used for controlling weeds on your property from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board -
For more informative videos from the NRM board, click here.