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Hints for fauna-friendly property
CREATING a wildlife-friend-
ly property is easier than you
Encourage small birds, lizards
and other wildlife around your
property, by trying these ways to
• Leave dead trees with hollows
intact, whether standing or on
• Plant a variety of native
shrubs, especially dense or
prickly ones. Use mainly
white, pink or yellow flowering
• Keep red flowering shrubs in
smaller numbers. Red flowers
can attract noisy miners and
larger honeyeaters that actively
exclude smaller birds from the
• Set up bird baths and other
• Build and maintain nest
boxes where few hollow trees
• Manage your animals to
ensure they do not interfere
with native fauna. For
example, if you own a cat,
ensure that it doesn't stray.
Don't remove mistletoes -- they
are an excellent source of food
and habitat for a range of animals.
And don't feed native animals
and birds -- it may make them
dependent and causes health
Frogs are good neighbours.
You can attract them by using
ponds as part of landscaping,
placing logs or other timber off-
cuts and planting native reeds,
rushes and sedges in clumps
around waterbodies, and planting
tussock-forming vegetation a
short distance from dams so frogs
can shelter and forage.
You can get further information
about creating wildlife-friendly
properties and gardens from the
Natural Resources Centre at
8 Adelaide Road, Gawler South
RIGHT: Diamond retail nch -- one
of the local birds under threat from
habitat loss and in need of-well
Bringing back the birds
-- November 27 (6.30pm to 8pm) at
Immanuel Lutheran Hall, Gawler:
Looking to improve bird numbers on
your property? Then attend a free
NRM workshop where you will hear
from Phillip Northeast, who has studied
the way birds use habitat to meet
their needs to survive and bring up
their young. Phillip will share ideas on
designing revegetation to stem the loss
of declining local woodland birds.
More information from DEWNR ecologist
Kate Graham (8303 0702 or kate.
Putting the life back into farm
soils -- December 1 (1.30pm to 5pm) at
Immanuel Lutheran Hall, Gawler: A free
NRM workshop designed for anyone
keen to develop their knowledge and
understanding of the biology, health and
management techniques of their soil.
Presenters, Integrated Farming Systems'
Tony Bur eld and Temple Bruer Wines'
David Bruer, will address soil-health
topics, including soil biology, how to
assess and monitor soil health and
biochar and composting. Registration
is essential, so contact Lucy Hyde (8130
9066, 0408 678 890 or email@example.com.
Christmas gifts and activities --
Check out local bookshops for up-to-date
books on current topics, such as climate
change and sustainable gardening. One
great asset is an Emergency Services
Map book available for various regions
of the state from Mapland, Level 1, 100
Pirie Street, or the Map Shop, Peel Street,
Roachdale reserve -- A visit to the
National Trust Roachdale reserve is a
good summer activity. Three kilometres
north of Kersbrook on the South Para
Road, it is a 46ha high-rainfall reserve
with a wide range of plant and bird
species and a mostly shaded walk. Closed
on re ban days. Leave pets at home.
THE very welcome showers of the
last week or so have helped the
garden a bit.
But what is ahead of us? After all, by
the calendar, this is still spring, even if
recent weather has been very un-spring-
This raises the question of how much
watering should be done when native
plants are involved.
The following may run the risk of
being a case of 'teaching grandma how
to suck eggs' but there may be something
helpful in it.
Concentration here is on a garden
situation where appearance is one factor
to take into account and plants certainly
look better when given some additional
water during very dry times.
This applies to many of even the
tougher native plants (a bonus is that a
watering may act to stimulate flowering
at a normally non-flowering time).
Native plants planted this year should
be given a thorough watering at two to
three-week intervals (more often if there
is a significant heatwave).
Most natives facing their second
summer should get by with monthly
watering, while longer established plants
should be able to survive unless we get
several weeks of no rain and sustained
If you have one of those 'had-to-have
plants' it will have to be given whatever it
needs, whenever it needs it.
I have a couple of them -- in big pots
where soil, watering and exposure to
sunlight can be more readily controlled.
While many plants show great
resilience and grow quite well in
conditions removed from those of their
origin, there are limits.
Gawler is a summer dry area. Some
plants sourced from commercial nurseries
originate from areas where summer and
autumn is the period of most rainfall and
these are the plants which may struggle
when drought conditions prevail.
Using drippers is a way of providing
controlled water supply.
Variable drippers give great control
with established plants left to fend for
themselves (unless drought conditions
have become very severe), while newer
plants can receive the water they need.
Australian Plant Society Para Districts
Group secretary Bob Wallace (8524 4693)
THE Gawler Regional Natu-
ral Resource Centre's fourth
Sustainable Living Festival
held on Sunday, November
16, was a huge hit, attracting
a record crowd from many
Residents of Gawler,
surrounding areas, Adelaide
Hills and even from Port Pirie
came to discover, experience
and learn ways to reduce their
environmental impact and live
Gawler Regional Natural
Resource Centre co-ordinator
Emily Griffiths said this was
the biggest event in terms of
the number of stall holders and
sponsors and also attendance,
with around 1000 people
visiting on the day.
"I would like to thank our
generous local business sponsors
The Food Forest, Gawler Mitre
10, Sanders Fodder, Wintulichs
and Environmental & Science
Media for supporting the
festival and to all the volunteers
who have helped organise the
event as it wouldn't be possible
without them," she said.
Sophie Thomson, ABCs
Gardening Australia, captured
the audience with her
knowledge and enthusiasm for
all things green, giving a talk
about 'Gardening to save the
Visitors were treated to an
entertaining and delicious
cooking demonstration from
Sprout Cooking School's
Callum Hann and Themis
Chryssidis, using fresh, local
Those who attended the
wicking bed demonstration
and vertical garden workshop
walked away ready and willing
to apply their new skills.
Gawler Mayor Karen Redman
attended the event and was
impressed by the broad range of
stalls and information available.
"I came away from the
event armed with lots of
information to improve my
backyard and ideas for reducing
environmental impacts," she
The festival is about
supporting and showcasing
the amazing range of local
businesses and community
members, who are doing what
they can to live more sustainably
and care for the future of the
earth and our health.
To be involved in next year's
festival, or to find out more
about the Gawler Regional
Natural Resource Centre,
contact it (8523 7715 or emily.
firstname.lastname@example.org), visit the
website (nrcgawler.org.au) or
Here comes summer
This is our last column for 2014 and we
look forward to 2015, with new stories
and readers' ideas.
Dolimiti Electric cycle sellers came all the way from Ivanhoe in Victoria to promote their electric as-
sisted cycles at the Festival.
LEFT: Using a bicycle to make banana smoothies was a popular
festival feature. ABOVE: Gawler Regional NRC stall at the festival .
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