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.

” 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!.

Rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of this group!

Andrew Crompton led a brave group through Wotton’s Scrub on Sunday morning. 14 people turned up to put their new learnt plant identification skills to the test after attending a 2 week workshop.

Despite the frequent downpours, everyone happily listened to Andrew’s delightful explanations. There was an abundance of species in flower in this well maintained site – certainly worth another visit in late spring to early summer to see more in flower.plant-id-field-trip-027_opt

If you are trying to identify plants on your property, why not borrow some great reference books from our library or pick up a free copy of “Native Plants of Norton Summit”.

SNAKES!

Snakes are now on the move looking for food. Do you know what to do when you encounter a snake?

If not, you may be putting your life and the snake’s at risk. If you live or work in the hills or like to take bushwalks, then you need to understand snake behaviour.                                  A Snake Awareness Workshop will be held on Sunday October 9th from 1-4pm. The cost is $5.00 per person but is not suitable for children under 12.

The workshop will cover: recognising snake hazards around the home, how to make your garden snake unfriendly, recognising snakes and up to date first aid treatment for snake bites.                                            REGISTSTRATION IS ESSENTIAL  phone or email to book.