Dune tours and community barbecue at Tennyson Dunes Open Day

Date posted: 22 September 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

One of the most significant coastal dune systems on the Adelaide coastline is on show this Sunday, 24 September, with an open day featuring guided walks, expert talks and fun kids’ activities including a Children’s Coastal Discovery Tour.

Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve is 12 kilometres northwest of the city, near historic Estcourt House, and is home to rare and regionally-significant plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.

The Tennyson Dunes Group is hosting the open day from 11am–2pm, with information stalls, gift sales and a barbecue. Visitors can attend free expert-led tours and talks on topics such as native foods from the coast, local dragons, the natural history of the dunes, climate change and coastal erosion, and coastal dune ecology.

For more information on the open day and to book for talks and tours, please visit http://www.tennyson.org.au/

Background

The Tennyson Dunes are 11 hectares of natural grass and shrub land, representing the last true remnant of the Adelaide metropolitan coastal plains.

They were dedicated as a conservation reserve in 2015 as a result of efforts by the community that began in the mid-1970s with a public campaign to save the dunes from development.

The dunes provide a vital refuge for many native species of plants and animals, including painted dragons, coastal bearded dragons, and 16 plant species with a conservation rating, including the rare cushion fanflower.

The Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve Working Group, with representatives from the Tennyson Dunes Group, City of Charles Sturt, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, is developing a plan to guide the site’s future conservation and management.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

The Tennyson Dunes represent an important coastal environmental site, and it’s great to see the ongoing efforts and dedication of the local community to safeguard them.

The management of this conservation reserve is becoming a showcase of how the community can work collaboratively to manage public lands with the support of the State Government, local government, volunteer groups and students.

The Tennyson Dunes Group has been key to this, working on projects to care for and protect the dunes since 1995, along with other community groups, and with the assistance of Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges and local government.

These projects include animal and plant surveys, local native plant seed collection, revegetation – including planting 1500 plants this year alone – weed and feral animal control, and community education through interpretive signage and tours.