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Enjoyment Day - Sunday, the 20th of October!

NOTE: Change of Time of access – 10.00am to 3:30pm on the Sunday.

The forcast for Sunday is partly cloudy with a Max of 17°C.  How good is that!  We will be very busy enjoying ourselves, doing a bit of weed control (hand weeding around plants and brush cutting) and guarding and mulching plants previously planted. We will be doing a bit of preparation for the Dept. Enviroment & Water's Glenthorne Open Days.

Other things you may like to bring:

Things to do at Glenthorne:

To find us, go through the Main Gates on Majors Rd, Say "Hi" to the Security Guard as you sign-in on the way through.  Go down the entrance road into the property (heading south) until you reach the large pine tree near the Old Barn. (A Bitumen Parking area is available by turning right at the large pine tree and following the road to behind the old CSIRO buildings). Once you are at the large pine tree, follow the road through the gate, along the dirt track, to where you will see our vehicles and equipment.

As always on a property with Gates, Please always leave gates as you find them. If open then leave them open, if closed, then close them after you go through.

Visitors are always welcome, and we are happy to show people around our revegetation sites and the heritage structures later in the day after Afternoon Tea.

Please call Alan on 0411 595 910 if you have any difficulties but there will be volunteers at the gate around 10 am.

If you are coming along, please respect the property and its wildlife and we hope you enjoy your visit.


Our 2019 AGM will be held next Tuesday, 22nd October, at the Lutheran Church, 20 Ragamuffin Dr. Hallett Cove. 7pm for a 7:30pm start

The Hon. David Spiers, Minister for Environment and Water, and Local Member for Black, and champion of "Glenthorne National Park", will be our guest speaker, .

Please bring a plate of supper to share over very lively discussions as a result.

Glenthorne National Park Update

GLENTHORNE NATIONAL PARK OPEN DAYS,  26 and 27 October. 10am to 3pm, parking along Major’s Road.

Two open days are being organised by DEW and the program will be very different from the Open Days in April. The earlier open days were primarily about providing information and consulting with the public about their vision for the new GNP.  After many meetings and consultations held by the tireless consultants, the information from the community consultation phase has been collated and is incorporated in the draft GNP Master Plan. The objective of these two open days in October is to present the vision of the new park and the Master Plan, provide feedback to the community and ask for the public to comment.

Again, people need to register asap to participate in the Ranger-guided walks -

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is an event for all ages, and it encourages everyone from school children, senior citizens and families to community groups to participate in capturing a snapshot of Australia’s birds. In doing so, these citizen scientists play a vital role in providing important information to BirdLife Australia to help increase understanding of Australian birds. It only takes 20-minutes in your playground, backyard, local park or other favourite outdoor space – you can count birds anywhere.

There are free teaching resources available for students in Years 5 and 6 (Stage 3), that can be adaptedfor younger students, to introduce them to our Aussie birds and develop beginner birdwatching and identification skills, all while contributing to a citizen science project.

If you would like to participate this year, please register your group at the 'Teachers & Schools' page.

Sedge Snippets

If you would like to receive a very, very, very informative email, then subscribe to "Sedge Snippets" Visit the "Subscribe" webpage, and enter your details.

If you change your mind, and don't want to receive them any more, it is easy to click on the "UnSubscribe" link at the bottom of the emails you receive.

One example of what Sedge Snippets promote is iNaturalist.


iNaturalist is a free citizen science app that allows you to use your smart phone to record nature observations.

Once you have submitted an observation, the app provides identification suggestions, and connects you with a community of other naturalists and scientists all over the world.

It’s a great tool for improving identification skills, creating a visual database, and raising community awareness of local biodiversity.


Check out the iNaturalist Protected Parks of SA to view observations from parks such as Onkaparinga River National Park, Scott Creek and Aldinga Scrub conservation parks. There is also a section for Marine Life Society of South Australia and Fungimap is also moving to iNaturalist. 


See Sedge Snippets (put out by  DEW - AMLR)

When to plant, what, for who?

Are you always looking for something better to plant? Do you consider who may also benefit?  Birds, Bees, Butterflies? 

The "Adelaide Living" website (Adelaide City Council) have a webpage that may help you with this. See

They suggest you may like to see the The Adelaide Gardens Planting Guide, (pdf) which recommends a list of native plants. Some of their top picks are (and they provide planting information):

Dark Emu

In 2014, Bruce Pascoe wrote a book called Dark Emu that challenged the belief that the First Australians were hunter-gatherers.

In researching his book, Bruce examined the journals of the early explorers and found evidence of a complex civilisation that was using sophisticated technologies to live, farm and manage the land.

The ABC have a fascinating series of short videos that explain this further. Click this link.

Or, go to the ABC Education Website:, and in the Search Box, type "Bruce Pascoe"

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