A special Appeal
for native wildflowers
Clockwise from above: Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa), Native Spider Orchid (Caladenia) photo by Dr Greg Johnston, Native Hyacinth Orchid (Dipodium)
Nature Foundation SA has launched a Special Appeal for the urgent control of invasive plants on our nature reserves. You can help us promote a healthy growing environment for delicate native flora.
The frequent rains that fell on South Australia over the course of the 2016/2017 summer were very welcome – and very unexpected. Floodplains and wetlands throughout the state sprang into life and even the driest areas of the arid lands, such as the vast Witchelina Nature Reserve, welcomed a throng of colourful birdlife.
Native flora also responded well to the unseasonal drink; however they weren’t the only plants to flourish. Unfortunately, invasive weed species also made the most of the extra water, growing and spreading rapidly.
If left un-checked, weeds can grow extremely quickly and compete with native species, ultimately changing the composition of our fragile bush ecosystems and displacing the animal and bird life that relies on them for survival. Buffel grass is a very invasive weed across the arid lands and is present along more than 250 kilometres of creeks and tracks on Witchelina.
Weed control is a constant activity on all our nature reserves, and we are making progress, but we have recognised an urgent need to implement a specific campaign against invasive species ahead of the 2017 rainy winter season, with the aim to limit their spread by reducing seed distribution.
Winter is the active growing season for many native plant species, so removing weeds now will eliminate competition, allowing native species access to the water and nutrients they need to thrive.
Both our Hiltaba and Witchelina Nature Reserves depend on charitable donations and the tireless work of our volunteers for their conservation management.
With the proceeds of this Special Appeal, we will use multiple methods to control insidious invasive plants such as buffel grass, horehound, boxthorn and caltrop from spreading within and beyond our nature reserves.
Help us to help nature by donating now!
A Big Appeal for a Tiny Bird