Bat Facts

bat 3Did you know that bats have existed for at least 55 million years and the oldest bat was recorded at 41 years old? Adelaide Bat Care with information from Terry Reardon has compiled a list of intriguing facts about these mammals. Find out more from Terry Reardon, Technical Officer, SA Museum who is coming to talk about ‘Microbats of the Mt Lofty Ranges’ at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre on Tuesday March 21 at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Registrations are essential. To book phone 8390 1891 Tuesday – Thursday or email Photograph by Terry Reardon.

A call out to all artists


We are seeking artists in any medium to enter their work in our exhibition:

“Adelaide Hills – Wild”
Artwork reflecting nature – space – life -place
Friday 18 to Sunday 27 August 2017

A Craft Market will be held on Sunday 20 August and the People’s Choice Award will be presented on Sunday 27  August. Entries close at 3:00pm Friday 4 August. There is no entry fee.

For further information and entry forms contact
The Summit Community Centre 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit SA 5136
(08) 8390 0457




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.


Identify your local native grasses!


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


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”.