BioBlitz at Cobbler Creek

Over 650 people attended the BioBlitz at Cobbler Creek on October 8th, 2016, participating in over 40 activity sessions. We were visited by Kaurna Elder Frank Wanganeen, Minister Ian Hunter, and Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge, who all welcomed the crowd and launched new facilities at the park. 

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park conserves some of Adelaide’s rare woodland and grassland habitats, and is also one of Adelaide’s popular mountain biking spots. With 17km of shared-use trails you can see River Red Gum lined creeks, woodlands filled with birds, and ridge-top views.

What did we find?

Our team of scientists and naturalists recorded over 100 species, including a Flinders Ranges Worm-lizard (a Vulnerable native reptile species). We also spotted Tawny Frogmouths (pictured) and a Golden Pheasant (likely to be an escaped or released pet)!

Class Number of Species Number of Observations
Mammals 5 5
Birds 28 288
Reptiles 7 22
Invertebrates 24 381
Vegetation 55 691
Please click here to see the full species list (PDF file).

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone involved, it is great to see the public working with scientists, naturalists, and educators from University of South Australia; Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources;  Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges; State Herbarium; BirdsSA;  South Australian Herpetology Group Inc.; Field Naturalists Society of SAThe Bush Classroom; Nature Play SA; Nature Conservation Society of SA; SA Writers Centre; The University of Adelaide; Butterfly Conservation SA; fauNature; Animals AnonymousBugs n Slugs; and Indelible Duck.

Many thanks also to Friends of Cobbler Creek; Salisbury Rotary Club; and City of Salisbury for their support and involvement.

More BioBlitz events?

Our next BioBlitz is on the 29th of October, 2016 at Warriparinga – click here for more information and to register. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of our projects and events, sign up for our e-newsletter (click here).

 Useful links about Cobbler Creek:

This BioBlitz event was supported by…

University of South Australia City of Salisbury Friends of Cobbler Creek logo
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Logo of the Nature Play Festival 2016
Nature Conservation Society of South Australia logo

Event timetable…

Start time Finish time Description
MORNING: Saturday October 8th, 2016
9.00 10.00 Bird walk: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Martyn Price from BirdsSA and Birdpedia. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
9.30 10.15 Wildlife Walk: Search for frogs, reptiles, birds and “tracks and traces” with Luke Price from Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges.
9.30 10.50 Teakle Ruins Historical Tour: Take in the views and explore the historical Teakle ruins site. A bus will take you to the ruins at the top of the park. You can take the bus back to basecamp (about 30 minutes total), or continue on a walk and talk through the park with the team from the Friends of Cobbler Creek (1 hour and 15 minutes, including the walk).
10.00 11.00 Kids session 1: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
10.15 11.15 Reptile Walk: Look for lizards with Peter Matejcic from the SA Herpetology Group and the Field Naturalists’ Society. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
10.30 11.15 Nature Spotting (for young families): Families will be led on an exploratory walk discovering native plants and animals that live in Cobbler Creek. Using Nature Spotting cards and tools you will discover the natural world all around you.
10.45 11.45 Wildlife walk: Search for frogs, reptiles, birds and “tracks and traces” with Luke Price from Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
11.00 11.45 Birds: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Martyn Price from BirdsSA and Birdpedia
11.30 12.30 Kids session 2: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids. Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
11.30 12.15 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney
AFTERNOON: Saturday October 8th, 2016
12.00 12.45 Nature Play Activity: Build your own miniature bush shelter with Nature Play SA. Explore the surroundings and collect fallen natural materials to create a miniature cubby or shelter with your family and friends.
12.00 1.00 Creekside vegetation: Help survey the creekside vegetation with Helen Vonow from the State Herbarium (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources), Kate Graham from Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and Catherine Miles from Miles Environmental Consulting.
12.00 1.00 Reptiles: Look for lizards with Peter Matejcic from the SA Herpetology Group and the Field Naturalists’ Society. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
1.00 1.05 Welcome to Country with Frank Wanganeen
1.15 2.00 Plant a tree with the President of the Friends of Cobbler Creek. Autograph your plant and help nurture your plant and watch it grow each time you visit the park.
1.15 1.45 Discover Micro-invertebrates: Micro-invertebrates can survive in soil sediments for hundreds of years, waiting for flowing water and a chance to emerge. Discover the micro-invertebrate fauna of Cobbler Creek with Deborah Furst from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
1.15 2.15 Nature Poetry: Write poetry that explores and captures the environment and setting of Cobbler Creek with David Chapple from SA Writers
1.15 2.15 Kids session 3: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids. Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
1.30 2.15 Nature Play Activity: Build your own miniature bush shelter with Nature Play SA. Explore the surroundings and collect fallen natural materials to create a miniature cubby or shelter with your family and friends.
1.30 2.30 Creekside Vegetation: Help survey the creekside vegetation with Helen Vonow from the State Herbarium (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources), Kate Graham from Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and Catherine Miles from Miles Environmental Consulting.
1.30 2.30 Nature Walk: Discover the flora and fauna of Cobbler Creek with Michael Stead from the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
2.00 3.20 Teakle Ruins Historical Tour: Take in the views and explore the historical Teakle ruins site. A bus will take you to the ruins at the top of the park. You can take the bus back to basecamp (about 30 minutes total), or continue on a walk and talk through the park with the team from the Friends of Cobbler Creek (1 hour and 15 minutes, including the walk).
2.15 3.15 Kids session 4: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids. Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
2.15 3.00 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney
2.45 3.15 Discover Micro-invertebrates: Micro-invertebrates can survive in soil sediments for hundreds of years, waiting for flowing water and a chance to emerge. Discover the micro-invertebrate fauna of Cobbler Creek with Deborah Furst from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
2.45 3.45 Reptile Walk: Look for lizards with Peter Matejcic from the SA Herpetology Group and the Field Naturalists’ Society. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
2.45 3.45 Nature Poetry: Write poetry that explores and captures the environment and setting of Cobbler Creek with David Chapple from SA Writers
3.15 4.00 Nature Spotting (for young families): Families will be led on an exploratory walk discovering native plants and animals that live in Cobbler Creek. Using Nature Spotting cards and tools you will discover the natural world all around you.
3.15 4.15 Nature Walk: Discover the flora and fauna of Cobbler Creek with Michael Stead from the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
3.45 4.30 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney
3.45 4.45 Kids session 5: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids. Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
4.00 4.30 The History of Cobbler Creek: Learn about Cobbler Creek, how it became a National Park and not a Golf Course. Join two long term members of Friends of Cobbler Creek for a talk and a Q&A session on the history of the Park.
4.30 5.30 Bird Walk: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with James Plummer from UniSA’s Discovery Circle. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
5.15 6.00 Wildlife Walk: Search for wildlife and “tracks and traces” with David Armstrong from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
5.45 6.30 Bird Walk: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with James Plummer from UniSA’s Discovery Circle
6.15 7.15 Wildlife Walk: Search for wildlife and “tracks and traces” with David Armstrong from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. This session includes a bus trip to the top of the park and a walk back down through the park (bring your walking shoes!)
EVENING: Saturday October 8th, 2016
7.30 8.15 Space Rocks: Learn about meteorites and life in space with Victor Gostin from the University of Adelaide
7.45 8.30 Moth Trapping: See what a light attracts in a dark park with Andrew Lines from Butterfly Conservation SA and Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from the University of Adelaide.
7.45 8.30 Bat Search: Detect seldom-seen micro-bats with an ‘Anabat’ and Annette Scanlon from UniSA’s Discovery Circle.
7.45 8.30 Spotlighting: Shine a light on the mammals of Cobbler Creek with David Armstrong from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
7.45 8.30 Spotlighting: Shine a light on the mammals of Cobbler Creek with Bruce Jackson from FauNature.
8.45 9.30 Moth Trapping: See what a light attracts in a dark park with Andrew Lines from Butterfly Conservation SA and Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from the University of Adelaide.
8.45 9.30 Bat Search: Detect seldom-seen micro-bats with an ‘Anabat’ and Annette Scanlon from UniSA’s Discovery Circle.
8.45 9.30 Spotlighting: Shine a light on the mammals of Cobbler Creek with David Armstrong from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
8.45 9.30 Spotlighting: Shine a light on the mammals of Cobbler Creek with Bruce Jackson from FauNature.