Welcome to 2017

A new year holds the promise of new beginnings and 2017 is no exception! The Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre has a new program which contains some new activities as well as old favourites such as speakers and field trips. The dates are being confirmed so keeping checking this website for further information.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MARCH

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CLEAN UP (NORTON SUMMIT) AUSTRALIA DAY  – SUNDAY MARCH 5TH

Removing rubbish from our roadsides helps to reduce water pollution, injury to wildlife and improves the ambience of our area. Join a team or get friends and neighbours together to clean up your patch. You must register and turn up at the AHNRC at 9.30 to sign on and collect bags, sharps containers and high viz vests.        BYO hats, gloves, sunscreen and water                                                                

butterfly-3BUTTERFLIES AND HOW TO ATTRACT THEM TO YOUR GARDEN, presented by Jan Forrest. Thursday March 16th at 7.30pm  Gold coin donation.                                                                                                         Jan is one of the authors of “Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden” and will talk about the different species of butterflies and what to plant to encourage them into your garden.

MICROBATS OF THE MT LOFTY RANGES, presented by Terry Reardon from SA Museum. Tuesday March 21st at 7.30 pm. Cost : Gold coin donation.butterfly

Terry Reardon, or “Bat Man” has been researching Australia’s bat population for many years. We rarely see or hear these tiny mammals but they have many environmental benefits. Terry will talk about the various species of micro bats found in the Mt Lofty Ranges also their biology, habitats and the threats they face today.

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. TO BOOK EITHER PHONE 8390 1890 OR EMAIL TO RESERVE A SEAT.

Christmas break

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Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre would like to wish their members and friends a happy and safe Christmas.

We are closed for the Christmas break from Friday December 16th to  Tuesday 10th January 2017.

” A number of Australian native plants have become significant as ‘Christmas plants’ in various parts of Australia. This is usually reflected in their local ‘common names’.

GARDEN VOLUNTEERS WANTED

watering-wicking-bedsThe gardens around the AHNRC and Community Centre are lovingly cared for by a shrinking group of great volunteers – and we desperately need more hands to maintain the garden areas and to help develop new spaces.

Anyone with experience in native plants will love the  Native Grassland – it needs tender weeding and care. Guidance will be provided so you can learn how to identify grasses and plants and help with seed collecting.

The Sensory garden is under development and will benefit from some special attention.

Green thumbs are invited to take over the wicking beds to grow vegies.

We need someone to assist with landscaping – to create a bird café area, paths and other features.

The current group meet on Wednesday mornings and would really enjoy more company. Call or email to let us know what your interests are – your help will be really appreciated by us and the butterflies and skinks!

Identify your local native grasses!

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The Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre is presenting a Native Grasses Field Trip on Sunday November 27 2016, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. It is designed to help you identify some of the more common native grasses found in the Adelaide Hills. A brief discussion will be followed by a walk to visually note the different identifying features of grasses found in that location. The field trip will be held on a private property outside Mt Barker. Private transport is required to  reach the site. There is limited car parking so car pool if you can.

COST: $10.00 per person. Morning tea is included. A location map will be provided following your registration.

Bookings can be made here

WILDLIFE OF GREATER ADELAIDE – MEET THE AUTHOR JAMES SMITH

Launched in October, this book is thwildlife-of-adelaide-covere most comprehensive guide to the wildlife of the Adelaide region and is a must for every home library and wildlife enthusiast.

James Smith has includes all of the major groups of animals in one volume, with informative descriptions and beautiful photographs. .

James Smith is well respected within the science and education circles and is currently working at the Discovery Centre at the SA Museum. He is passionately dedicated to  educating the public about urban wildlife.

James will be presenting a talk about his book and wildlife on Thursday November 10th from 7pm. He will also be selling and signing copies of “Wildlife of Greater Adelaide” on the night. Copies are available for $70.00.

Bookings are essential. You can pre order a copy of the book when you register to ensure that you get a one!.