FLIES – Australia’s National Bird

CHRIS DANIELS_optWith Professor Chris Daniels

Tuesday November 21st 7.15 for 7.30 start. Cost – a gold coin donation.

Summer is nearly here and will be quickly followed by flies, whether you are at the beach, the bush or backyard.

But what do we know about them? How many types are there? Why do some bite? why do they fly in circles? Why are there so many?

Chris Daniels will entertain and inform you with this delightful insight into Australia’s national bird- the fly!

Please book by email: valhunt@ahnrc.org

Make your own special relationships with wildlife!

Say Hello to us at the Uraidla Sustainability Fair! We are returning on Sunday November 5, 2017 with the ever popular Snake Pit presented by Living with Wildlife and Adelaide Snakecatchers; and the Hills Harvest Exchange. Make your own special relationships with wildlife in a safe and supervised environment.

Learn about bats scientific name, Chiroptera  and take part in an activity creating your own flappy bat to take home!

Snake Awareness Workshop

Spring is finally here and we will soon venture outdoors and into our gardens or go for bushwalks before the weather is too hot.

It is also the time when snakes are on the move seeking food. Do you know what to do if you meet a snake?

Geoff Coombe from Living With Wildlife and Rudy from Adelaide Snake Catchers will present a Snake Awareness Workshop on Sunday October 8th from 1 – 3 pm. The workshop will provide practical information that you can apply at home. It will include an introduction to snakes and snake behaviour,  tips of how to identify snake hazards around the home and what you can do about them, advice on how to act when meeting a snake, plus the correct and up to date first aid for snake bites.

This workshop is vital for hills dwellers, people who work in the hills, gardeners and bush walkers.

Geoff will show you simple but effective ways of reducing snake habitat around your home and improve your awareness of snake behaviour. This information could save you and your family from snake bites or frights!

The session includes live, local snakes under controlled and safe conditions and will be held at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light afternoon tea. It is not suitable for children under 12 years due to the length of the presentation.

Registration is essential, so please email valhunt@ahnrc.org or phone 8390 1891 Tuesday – Thursday to book.

Nature crafts for aussie kids

This event is an exciting opportunity for kids to extend their artistic and imaginative skills, facilitated by Kate Hubmayer. Native seed pods, leaves and flowers are used in three creative activities. Suitable for children between 5 and 12 years, it will take place at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre on Wednesday October 11 at 10.30 – 11.30 am. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Numbers are limited so book early.

Registration is essential. To book email valhunt@ahnrc.org or phone 8390 1891 Tuesday – Thursday.

Kate Hubmayer will be selling copies of her two books @ $20.00 each.



Looking to summer!

“Bushfire Protection for houses: from a sustainable home perspective”  is being presented by Emilis Prelgauskas on Tuesday September 19th, 6.45 for 7pm start.

Emilis Prelgauskas is a well-respected architect who has helped clients build climate appropriate, low energy buildings.

Following the Sampson Flat fires, Emilis led a team of architects and planners who worked pro bono to help victims of the bushfire to rebuild their houses and sheds, supporting them through the maze of planning regulations.

He also spent several weeks coordinating the retrieval of animals from the fire zone.
Emilis has published in many professional papers including the bushfire section of the AGO “Your Home” manual.

Emilis will focus on essential design issues for buildings in bush fire prone areas: looking at the site in relation to natural landforms, creating barriers and reducing fire loads, and fire resistant building constructions, that is – going beyond minimum compliance.

This talk will be invaluable to anyone living in bush fire prone locations, to gain some good advice before building or renovating and to re-evaluate your current situation to improve your home’s bushfire resistance.

Emilis Prelgauskas will be talking at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. Registration is essential so please phone 8390 1891 or email valhunt@ahnrc.org to book. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light supper.



Paul Bouchereau from Ashton, won the People’s Choice Award for his beautifully detailed lino cut “A Twenty Season Dream”.

With 163 pieces from 53 artists, the votes were widely spread, an indication of the high quality work submitted this year.

Sean Wessex- Brown, the curator of the SALA@the summit, presented Paul with his prize at the closing of the exhibition on Sunday August 27th.