Since European settlement the loss of native plants and animals in the Adelaide metropolitan area has been significant. Most of the original vegetation left in the urban area can be found in the Hills Face Zone and coastal areas. The habitat of native animals has been destroyed or fragmented, and many species are under threat.
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges coordinates urban biodiversity conservation planning and action on public and private land across metropolitan Adelaide, including:
- identifying areas of high conservation significance and planning for protection work
- implementing on-ground restoration projects through the Million Trees Program
- providing education, training and resources to improve biodiversity conservation practices
- raising awareness and understanding of the importance of biodiversity.
How we can help you
We can provide financial and technical advice to community groups, industry, individuals, councils and schools for biodiversity projects. For more information, please contact us.
Backyards for wildlife
Two booklets can help you create a healthy, attractive garden using native plants that thrive in our local conditions:
Each guide offers great garden designs to inspire with step-by-step advice on sourcing, planting and caring for native local plants.
To complement these booklets is the Creating a wildlife friendly garden booklet (2.73mb pdf) which describe how to create habitat to attract native animals into your backyard.
Native plants are attractive, with various shapes, colours and densities, and with the right species you can have a flowering garden all year round. They are easy to grow and are better for the environment, providing habitat for native birds, butterflies and lizards. They are also naturally adapted to suit our conditions, being low maintenance, drought tolerant, requiring minimal water and no fertilisers or pesticides.
Alternative native garden design factsheets are also available for:
Find out what plants are best suited to your area and where you can source them.
You can also search a plant catalogue for your suburb.
**If you see Flying Foxes (aka fruit bats) in your neighbourhood (around greater Adelaide), please call (08) 8336 0926 or email FlyingFoxWatch@sa.gov.au to report their location.
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