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.

How to attract butterflies to your garden

Butterfly Conservation SA has been advocating for butterflies and moths since it was formed in 1999. Their website has many important resources for the home gardener in South Australia. There is a regional map providing information about plants and butterflies relative to your location, including photographs to help you identify them.  They have also made available a list of factsheets  (scroll down the page, past books and dvds) about their larval food plants, habitat and ecology, distribution and  flight periods of different species.  Jan Forrest , Butterfly Conservation SA will give a talk on butterflies and caterpillars on Thursday March 16 at 7.15 pm  for a 7.30 pm start at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre. Come along to hear more about these eye catching insects! Gold coin donation. To register, please phone 8390 1891, Tuesday – Thursday or email




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.


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.

Christmas break


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’.


watering-wicking-bedsThe gardens around the AHNRC and The Summit  are lovingly cared for by a wonderful group of  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!