Friends of Glenthorne

Restoring Native Habitat and Heritage in Adelaide's South

Dear {name} {surname},

Enjoyment Day

Sunday, the 15th of March!

This Sunday is the second of our Enjoyment Days for 2020.

2020 promises to be a very exciting year but currently the Minister and DEW are busy planning and getting ready for some big works project on the property. In the meantime, our enjoyment days cater for those who want to enjoy the property, perhaps for the first time, and those who want to help with some of the Friends of Glenthorne work activities. You do not have to work. Simply come along and enjoy the property and all are welcome. Parents / guardians to supervise children at all times, please.

So that we are all a little more organised this year, the committee has decided to break the day down into two parts, with our tea / coffee and BYO lunch in the middle at 1.00pm. From 10.00am we will be starting our work options for the day and after lunch we will cater for those visitors who would like a tour of some of the property. This will allow us to plan our work tasks a little better and then cater for tours in the afternoon.

Some of our core members will be working on after lunch and this is an option, as well as the informal tours.

Visitor access times – 10.00am to 3:30pm.

  • 10am - Come to help with an activity.
  • 1pm - We have tea / coffee and BYO lunch under the marquees, under the large pine tree. Please bring your lunch and a chair and join us. Tea & coffee etc provided.
  • 2pm - Walking tours to suit visitor preferences.

At this time of the year the ground is too hard and dry for planting, so we have other activities planned. Some of these require training and may not suit everyone, but this list provides an update of what we will be doing.

  • Water, mulch, hand weed and guard plants in the Native Grass Compound and wider area.
  • Target problem weeds – Silver nightshade and in the small dam, bulrushes and weedy sedge.
  • Collect Herbarium samples.
  • Bird survey.
  • Drill’nFill Olive around the Heritage area
  • Put up our new Nesting Boxes
  • Plan an Insect Hotel
  • Brush cut phalaris in areas down to the large central dam.
    This is a major work activity of high importance as winter approaches.

Other things you may like to bring:

  • A pair of Binoculars, chair, afternoon tea (we will provide most of this) and BYO lunch.
  • Drinking water
  • Remember to Slip - Slop - Slap for Sun protection – especially long trousers, long sleeves, hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes or boots.

To find us, go through the Ranger Station's Gates on Majors Rd, which are almost opposite the old Farm House. We meet at the Ranger's Station Carpark from 10.00am to 10.30am. Kath will be there to welcome and direct you. If you miss us, then please call Kath on 0408622334, or Alan on 0411 595 910

Be sure to present yourselves to someone in our group, so we can "sign you in", and give you a brief introduction to the property and safety issues to be aware of.

Visitors are always welcome, and we are happy to show people around our revegetation sites and the heritage structures later in the day after lunch at about 2.00pm.

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

Volunteer Study

One of our members, Kinda Tabbaa-Snyder, is a master student at the University of South Australia, School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Kinda would like to invite you to participate in an interview about your experience as a volunteer, especially if you are a new arrival to the country or from a migrant background.

This study aims to explore how volunteering activities may assist migrants in overcoming the difficulties and challenges when they first arrive in Australia. The research also seeks to identify a framework to help understand the benefits and the challenges associated with participating with others. It is anticipated that it could inform the future use of this process in welcoming migrants on the council’s level.
As a stakeholder (volunteer, member or organiser) in your group, you are invited to participate in a research interview. By participating in the interview, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your volunteering experience in taking care of the land, and the effect, you feel, you had upon the place and within the community. Your answers will inform the research of the motivation to volunteer and the benefits of this participation in building a more coherent multicultural community.

Please have a look at the Questions you will be asked for this study. Download the questions by clicking here.
We encourage you to contact Kinda to take part in this study, or if you need any further information about the project.
Kinda Tabbaa-Snyder
M: 0422 338 544

FoG General  Meeting

Every year the Friends of Glenthorne have an "Annual General Meeting", where the main business is to elect our office bearers.  But, we  so we are having a General Meeting. This will give all our members and friends a chance to catch up, hear the latest, and particpate.

There will be many changes to the Glenthorne property in the next 12-18 months, so this will be an interesting meeting to attend, to hear what will be happening.

  • When: Sunday 5th April, at 2pm
  • Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 20 Ragamuffin Dr, Hallett Cove

Guest Speaker: Mr. David Greenhough - Chair of the Glenthorne Partnership Committee

The Glenthorne Partnership Committee is the main driving and guidance committee for the Glenthorne National Park.

This Committee comprises representatives of each of the precincts that will make up the Park, (ie. O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, The Happy Valley Reservoir, and Glenthorne) as well as representatives of the Department of Environment.

Our Guest speaker, David, will provide an overall update on the progress of Glenthorne National Park and will open to answer any questions. 

There will be afternoon tea provided afterwards.  For catering purposes, if you are planning to attend, can you please let us know how many will be able to be there. (Just reply to this email)

Glenthorne National Park Update

The Draft Master Plan for "Glenthorne National Park" can be seen on the Department's website Glenthorne Draft Master Plan

Or, on their home page, you can view the Video of the Master Plan (GNP home page)

Friends of the Upper Field River

The "Friends of the Upper Field River" have been very active at Barton Drv, Sheidow Park.  A lot of Olive removal, and tidying up of this area, ready for this year's planting season.

These events are run by Trees for Life, and it is exciting to have this amazing group help this area become a pristine native habitat.

If you would like to be involved, to learn, help, encourage, then contact Trees for Life, Tricia on 0407 215 316

City Nature Challenge

Have you heard of the City Nature Challenge?  We plan to do this at Glenthorne.

When: 24-27th April, 2020

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2020 City Nature Challenge. Join with Thousands of people from across the globe to get outside and you can look for nature in our newest National Park!

If you would like to participate, then you are especially invited to Glenthorne, to help us establish a “base-line” of species observations at Glenthorne. As far as we know, this has never happened before at Glenthorne.

To learn more about this “Global Challenge”, Click to their website here  

To participate in this somewhere else, click here

We are planning to have some students from a local school, who have had experience in Nature Surveys, to help us with this.Last year, 159 cities were involved globally, with more than 35,000 participants, but none in Australia.

More about the City Nature Challenge 2020: (From their website)

Four cities representing our nation, will participate this year: Adelaide, Geelong, Redlands (Brisbane) and Sydney.
We are involved in an international competition to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. We hope you can make a contribution!

How to get involved:
You can participate as an individual and we hope you can spread the word and get the Friends involved, too!

  • When? Any time from April 24 to April 27 – you can participate for four minutes or four days (any time you can spare)!
  • How? Find wild plants and wildlife in Greater Adelaide and record it using the iNaturalist app or website, work solo or work as a group. Your contributions along with everyone else’s will appear on the iNaturalist website ready for identification.
  • Why? Participate to learn more about local nature, demonstrate the importance of nature in Adelaide, make a contribution to global knowledge about nature in cities, and have some fun along the way!
  • Where? You can participate anywhere in Greater Adelaide, which includes all of the metropolitan area and extends to places like Kapunda, Murray Bridge, Goolwa, Victor Harbor and Aldinga (see the map when you register)
  • Need help? Come to a training session!
    • Urrbrae: 4–5pm Wednesday 26 February (click here)
    • Urrbrae: 6–7pm Wednesday 26 February (click here)
    • Pt Adelaide: 6–7pm Thursday 2 April (click here)
  • Find out more about the City nature Challenge 2020 in Adelaide: Website
  • Questions? Ask us; Email to Philip Roetman if you have any questions!
On behalf of ACSASA
The Australian Citizen Science Association, South Australia 
The City Nature Challenge is a global event organised by Natural History Museum Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.
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Photo Competition

Do you have any photographs of Nature that you particularly like? Photos taken at Glenthorne?

Then please reply to this email with your photo attached.  From next month, we will put each month's best photo on our Website gallery.

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