Scott Creek Conservation Park
Scott Creek Conservation Park is a haven for bush walkers, nature enthusiasts and history buffs. The ruins of Almanda Mine are reminders of the area's silver and copper mining past, while dense stringybark forests, steep sloped valleys and seasonally flowing creeks provide habitat for more than 125 species of native birds.
- More info about the Park from National Parks South Australia
Programme of activities for January and February. Anyone wanting information about the Friends of Scott Creek CP, or wanting to get involved in any of the Friends’ activities, can visit our very informative website www.friendsofscottcreekcp.org.au.
Update following the Annual General Meeting + local award-winning author and zoologist Daniella Clode provided a fascinating talk based on her book The Wasp and the Orchid, the Remarkable Life of Australian Naturalist Edith Coleman.
Does anyone reading our programme of activities wonder what bird banding is? The Friends of Scott Creek CP started its bird banding program in 1993, making it one of the longest running, continuous bird banding programs in the region. One or two weekends each month, a small group of us get together in the park at sunrise to set up five to seven mist nets.
The Natural Resources Management Act 2004 is to be replaced by a new Landscape South Australia Act, and the government is seeking input from the community regarding the reform process. We only have until 15th October to have our say, so I encourage you to do so.
Scott Creek Conservation Park has a number of nationally endangered plants and animals inhabiting it, including several populations of the Southern Brown Bandicoot and the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren. It is vital for the survival of these species that work undertaken by the Friends group, protecting and restoring their habitat, continues into the future.
During our Tuesday working bee last month, our Friends group was visited by a film crew from Totally Wild, Network Ten’s national television series aimed at 8-16 year olds. The show covers stories on all sorts of environment and cultural topics in a fun and informative way.
In July 2014 the Friends of Scott Creek commenced the ten year Almanda Project, to restore rare and beautiful native habitat within Scott Creek Conservation Park, with a particular focus on the eight headwater creek systems of the Scott Creek sub-catchment. We hold an Open Day in autumn each year to showcase our progress with the Almanda Project, and this year it will be held on Sunday 6th May.
If you are looking for an opportunity to take meaningful action for nature conservation, come along and join us in this beautiful part of the Adelaide Hills. The group has a wealth of knowledge and experience that we are happy to share with anybody interested in helping out.
I imagine I am not alone in my frustration at driving through the hills and coming across piles of rubbish that someone has snuck out overnight and dumped on the roadside or, worse, tipped over the edge of an embankment so that it is that much more difficult for someone else to retrieve.
When I am out in Scott Creek Conservation Park, I find myself constantly amazed and captivated by the natural world around me. Recently a few members of our group have been lucky enough to get some good looks at our ‘local’ Square-tailed Kite.