Woodland rescuers needed
10 May 2019
The endangered Diamond Firetail.
Volunteers are needed for a large planting day to help preserve and extend habitat for endangered birds like the Diamond Firetail.
The Cromer Conservation Park is being expanded, and some of the additional land is being restored to native woodland from its previous use as grazing land.
The Woodland Rescue planting day is on Sunday 16 June at the park, near Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills.
District Ecologist Anthony Abley said it was hoped up to 100 volunteers would attend and help plant about 6000 seedlings to grow endangered plant populations and provide more habitat for native birds.
“The Diamond Firetail is listed as vulnerable in South Australia. Like many woodland birds, the threats include loss of habitat,” he said.
The Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) is a member of the finch family. It’s a ground forager and is distinctive for its bright crimson-coloured rump.
Native blue devil (Eryngium ovinum). Photo Anthony Abley
One of the endangered woodland species to be planted on the day is the native blue devil (Eryngium ovinum), along with she-oaks and banksia.
“This will be the first community planting day for this land and we hope it becomes an annual event,” Mr Abley said.
“We’ve fenced about five hectares to protect vegetation from kangaroos, and volunteers will work with team leaders to plant seedlings inside the protected area.
“We want to increase the diversity of the plants at the park and restoring the woodland environment contributes to the available habitat for native fauna.”
Participants need to bring boots, work gloves and warm clothing. A free lunch will be provided, so registration is requested by 27 May.
Get more information about the planting day online, or by calling the Black Hill Natural Resources Centre on 8336 0901.