Volunteers swamp wetlands planting day
27 June 2016
A fantastic effort by volunteers at this year’s Swamp Fest saw 3000 native seedlings recently planted at Stipiturus Conservation Park.
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Volunteer Support Officer Jodie Woof said the work of the volunteers on the day deserved high praise.
“Their efforts will go a long way towards restoring threatened plants and will contribute significantly to improving the health and resilience of our swamp systems,” she said.
“We had more than 100 volunteers turn up on the day. They not only planted seedlings but also installed mesh guards and put up temporary kangaroo exclosures.
“These structures are vital to reduce grazing pressure and give the young seedlings the best chance of survival.”
Having the Fleurieu Peninsula’s largest and most intact peat swamp, Stipiturus Conservation Park is of particular ecological interest.
The park is also home to the nationally endangered Mount Lofty Ranges southern emu-wren, as well as nearly 20 threatened flora and fauna species.
These include the endangered Mount Compass oak-bush, the endangered southern brown bandicoot and Osborn’s eyebright.
“I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered – the involvement of the community makes all the difference in protecting these important areas,” Ms Woof said.