Local schools help boost Brownhill Creek biodiversity

News release
24 July 2018

Nearly 200 students will gather at Brownhill Creek Recreation Park to plant several thousand native plants to create more habitat in the popular park.

The Environmental Action Day will be held on Friday August 3, from 9.30am - 2pm.

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Education Regional Coordinator Matt Cattanach said it was the third year for this communal event, with the students achieving new goals each time.

“We’ve got to know the park, we’ve chosen and adopted our sites and now it’s time to start learning how to return bare weedy ground to native habitat,” Mr Cattanach said.

The event is organised by the Brownhill Creek Education and Revegetation (BCER) Group, a community-based partnership involving the Brownhill Creek Association, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Scotch College, Mercedes College, Mitcham Primary School, and Urrbrae campus TAFE SA.

“This one-day event is a great chance for all the students involved in the BCER group to meet, plant new habitat and share their experiences,” Mr Cattanach said.

About 190 students will attend, along with school staff, members of Brownhill Creek Association, Friends of Brownhill Creek, as well as rangers, volunteer support staff and education staff from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges.

Around 2300 native plants will be planted adjacent to White’s Bridge.

The BCER group partnership was formed in 2016 to explore ways to engage local schools to help improve biodiversity in Brownhill Creek Recreation Park.

Schools each adopt a section of Brownhill Creek which they work on to improve biodiversity. The project links schools with the community, providing outdoor learning opportunities and improving biodiversity.

“Students study the park and collect data through activities such as monitoring quadrats and transects, creating herbariums, photo-point monitoring and fauna surveys,” Mr Cattanach said.

“They manage their own sites and by using these measurements, they can monitor how things are improving over time. This valuable information is then used to manage the park.”

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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges