Ant - conserving nature - bushland

Before 1836, the landscape of the City of Onkaparinga was covered by many different types of native bushland. These included Stringybark forests in the upper Mount Lofty Ranges, Grey Box woodlands in the foothills, River Red Gum forests along watercourses, Mallee Box Grassy woodlands of the plains and Samphire swamps within sheltered tidal areas and estuaries.

Each of these native vegetation communities provided homes for many different kinds of native animals which were able to move freely across the landscape.

Like most of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region, the bushland of our council area has now been heavily cleared for agriculture, industry, transport infrastructure and towns, and only 9% of our original native vegetation has survived. Much of these areas now remain as small or isolated patches of habitat.

Looking after small patches of native vegetation is a challenge because they are more at risk from threats such as weed invasion, feral animal damage, wildfire and uncontrolled access.

We actively manage and protect 254 hectares of native vegetation in bushland reserves with the goal to improve its health and make sure it survives for future generations to enjoy, by:

  • Removing and controlling weeds that can push out native plants, wreck habitat for wildlife and increase the risk of fire.
  • Protecting natural areas from damage such as people walking and driving over sensitive native vegetation and fragile soils.
  • Creating new habitat by planting areas of native seedlings to make bushland patches bigger and to make it easier for some of our wildlife to safely travel from patch to patch across our landscape.
  • Working with passionate volunteers who help look after our natural areas and teach others about our amazing plants and animals.

Protecting our natural areas is a team effort. Specially trained council staff, contractors and volunteers work hard to ensure that our natural heritage survives for future generations.

You could make a difference and help us protect and expand the city’s natural areas by becoming a volunteer with the Trees For Life, Bush For Life Program.